Man charged with trying to abduct boy at Oceanfront
Steve Vernon Fleming
A 54-year-old man is being held without bond in the city jail on a charge that he tried to abduct a 4-year-old boy Wednesday at the Oceanfront.
The child was standing in line with his mother about 8:50 p.m. at the Dairy Queen, at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue, when a man grabbed the boy and started to run away. The child’s mother chased the man down, and wrestled her son away.
The mother walked her son back to a table where other family members were sitting and called police. As she spoke with an emergency dispatcher, the man returned to the family’s table and “tried to entice” the boy to come with him.
Witnesses pointed to Steve Vernon Fleming, 54, as police began to arrive at the scene. Fleming, was arrested and booked into the Virginia Beach Correctional Facility on one count of attempted abduction.