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Man nabbed in city, charged with attempted Kidnapping

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports charging a Baldwinsville man with attempted kidnapping.

Randall J. Boyer (47), of 1 Cedar Court Apartment N-226, Baldwinsville was charged this afternoon with two counts of attempted kidnapping, two counts of luring a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after attempting to lure two young boys into his car.

This morning at approximately 8:30 a.m., Sheriff's Detective William Naughton was driving his unmarked police car to work when a white 2006 Toyota Corolla, operated by Randall Boyer caught his attention.

Detective Naughton, who is assigned to the Sheriff's Abused Persons unit, was traveling east on West Onondaga Street in Syracuse, when he observed Boyer's car several blocks ahead of him driving slow as if the driver was talking with two young boys walking down the street.

As Detective Naughton continued driving, Boyer pulled away and turned around in a nearby parking lot and approached the boys for a second time before continuing to travel west on West Onondaga Street.

As Detective Naughton approached the boys, ages 9 and 10, he identified himself, asked if the boys if there was a problem and whether or not they knew the driver of the car. Both boys said that they did not know the driver and that he offered them a ride and wanted them to get them into his car. Detective Naughton immediately turned his car around and pursued the suspect. Within minutes the suspect was pulled over on West Onondaga Street and with the assistance from the Syracuse Police Department, Boyer was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives are not aware of other similar incidents; however encourage anyone with information to contact the Sheriff's Abused Persons Unit by calling 435-3092.

Boyer was lodged at the Onondaga County Justice Center and will be arraigned in City of Syracuse Criminal Court on Wednesday morning, March 4.

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