A man allegedly offered parents cash to buy their 13-year-old daughter near Faneuil Hall

The 20-year-old New Hampshire man then attempted to abduct the teen, police say.

In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, pedestrians walk past Faneuil Hall in Boston. Charles Krupa / AP, File

A New Hampshire man allegedly offered to buy a 13-year-old girl from her parents near Faneuil Hall Sunday before attempting to kidnap the teenager, according to Boston police.

Alfred Patterson, 20, of Raymond, was arrested on charges of enticement of a child under 16 and attempted kidnapping of a child and will appear in Boston Municipal Court, police said in a press release.

Authorities received a call reporting an attempted kidnapping near North and Congress streets at 4:41 p.m. Sunday. Officers were told that a man had approached the girl and “offered her parents cash to ‘buy’ their daughter,” the press release said.


“The suspect then grabbed the young girl by her arm and attempted to drag her away,” authorities said. “The child’s father intervened and the suspect fled on foot.”

Police found the man, determined to be Patterson, near 260 Washington St. and arrested him after the girl and her parents identified him.