Man charged with indecent exposure, attempted child abduction

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Jemberu Bekele Geda, age 37.

MONTGOMERY CO., MD — Detectives have charged a 37-year-old man with indecent exposure and attempted abduction of two boys.

On Sunday, April 16, officers were called for an attempted child abduction in the area of 11550 Stewart Lane in White Oak.  Both boys ages 8 and 9 were playing in the playground when, investigators say, a man approached them, grabbed them by their waists and tried to bring them to his apartment. Immediately, investigators say the two boys demanded the man, who was later identified as Jemberu Bekele Geda, to let go of them. When he did the children ran to their home and told a parent about the incident.

As investigators looked into the attempted abduction, they say that earlier that day, Geda exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl who lives in that neighborhood.

Officers found Geda at his home, where detectives say, he was positively identified as the man who exposed himself to the girl and tried to abduct both boys.

During his interview, officers say, Geda told them he did not know the victims and that he just wanted both boys to come and play in his apartment.

Geda is being held without bond.