ALBANY -- A 15-year-old boy who told police he was almost kidnapped while walking near a student housing complex on the University of California campus Friday night has admitted to police that he made up the story.

The teenager told police that he had been walking with the help of crutches on Jackson Street near Eighth Street, where the University Village Albany housing is located, around 11 p.m. on Friday when a man in a black SUV approached him and tried to coax him into the car. The boy also told police he used his crutches to help fight the off man and escape.

Investigators interviewed the teen over the weekend, and on Monday morning he recanted his entire story, UC police Lt. Eric Tejada said. Investigators determined before the boy's admission that all aspects of the incident were fabricated, including the boy's description of the car and the suspect.

Police have not determined why the teen made up the story.

It was not known yet whether the teen would face charges for filing the false report. Tejada said police will present their case to the Alameda County District Attorney, which will then determine what charges, if any, the boy might face.

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