Police: Faneuil Hall kidnapping suspect offered parents money to 'buy' their daughter

BOSTON (WHDH) – A New Hampshire man accused of trying to kidnap a 13-year-old girl after offering her parents cash to “buy” their daughter near Faneuil Hall Sunday afternoon was arraigned Monday on several charges, including attempted kidnapping.

Officers responding to a reported attempted kidnapping about 4:41 p.m. in the area of North and Congress streets were told that a man, later identified as Alfred Patterson, 20, of Raymond, approached the girl and offered her parents a “bundle of cash” to “buy” her before grabbing her by her arm and attempting to drag her away, according to Boston police.

When the victim’s mother denied Patterson access to her daughter’s Instagram account, he allegedly said: “I’m rich though.”

Police say the girl’s father grew angry and threatened to beat Patterson up, causing him to run away on foot. He was later arrested in the area of 260 Washington St. and arrested without incident.

Patterson was positively identified by both the victim and her parents, police said.

In court, Patterson’s attorney said he lives with his parents and has some “cognitive issues.” He also suggested Patterson may not have known the victim was underage.

Patterson is charged with enticement of a child under 16, attempted kidnapping of a child and a providing police with false identification.

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