Wayland Police Call Off Search For Man After Accent Mix-Up

WAYLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A case of mistaken intent was cleared up in Wayland on Saturday.

Police had initially sounded the alarm about a man that they thought had tried to abduct a young girl on Rice Road by asking her to get into his car.

They released a sketch of the man and asked the public for any information they had.

On Saturday, the man from the sketch showed up at the Wayland Police headquarters and told police that he was the man they were looking for. The man explained that he wasn't trying to get the girl into his car — he was just trying to help her cross the street.

The man, being from the area, said he knew Rice Road to be dangerous and was trying to warn the girl. Police said the girl misunderstood what was being said because of the man's thick accent and thought he was a threat.

Police confirmed with the girl that he was the same man, and resolved the case.

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