**Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect details from an updated press release issued by police saying the previously reported attempted abduction was a misunderstanding.
WICKLIFFE, Ohio (WJW) — Wickliffe police say reports of an attempted kidnapping appear to be a misunderstanding.
Police said that at around 3 p.m. Tuesday, an 11-year-old girl reported she was walking along the road and about to cross the street at the time. A driver she described to be an older white male wearing a yellow shirt pulled up next to her and gestured toward the back of their vehicle, she told police.
The girl got scared, and the SUV drove away.
Two bystanders, including a local delivery driver who jumped out of his vehicle when he noticed something looked wrong, called 911.
Police released a photo of the SUV in question on Thursday. Later in the day, they said in a release that they found the SUV and spoke with the driver, a 71-year-old woman.
According to police, the woman driving the Volkswagen told detectives that she was concerned that a young girl was walking while there was heavy traffic. She says she stopped her car for a moment to see if the girl wanted a ride home.
Police say they explained how this was perceived by the 11-year-old, who was shaken after the incident, and the woman understood.
No criminal charges will be filed, but the police department applauds the young girl’s decision not to get into a stranger’s car, as well as the two men who stopped to help and call 911.