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Attempted Abduction at Opelousas Walmart

On January 19, 2020 the Opelousas Police Department investigated an incident at the Wal-Mart Supercenter Store in Opelousas, regarding a possible attempted child abduction. It was reported that an unidentified black male suspect briefly picked up a three year old child that was in the store with family members. The suspect immediately put the child down when witnesses say he noticed other people nearby. The suspect then allegedly told the family members that he was only playing with the child. It is unknown what the suspects intent was when he picked up the child but obviously he had no valid reason to make contact with the child as the family had no idea who the suspect was. Review of video surveillance indicates that the suspect may have been under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to the call the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500.