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Charges in alleged kidnapping attempt tossed out of court

Charges against Steven Willson, a Duncan man, have been dropped.

Willson, 21, was accused of the attempted abduction of a teenage girl in March.

At the time of the alleged incident, police said a young man in a white four-door car had approached a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop on Gibbins Road near Cowichan District Hospital, and demanded she get into his vehicle.

She refused, and according to police the man then got out of the vehicle in an effort to corral the girl, who dropped her purse at the scene and ran toward safety at the hospital.

At the time, police said the young woman was able to give Mounties a good description of the man, and was later able to identify him from a photo line-up at the RCMP detachment.

Willson was arrested March 8 and subsequently charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, criminal harassment, and assault.

However, Willson was discharged at his preliminary inquiry as the Crown was unable to prove the identity of the accused.

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