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Phoenix PD investigating reported attempted abduction

11/7/2015

PHOENIX – Phoenix Police are investigating after a north Phoenix girl reported that she was chased by a man who attempted to grab her. On Oct. 26, an 11-year-old Tramonto girl reported to Phoenix Police that she had been riding her bike at about 6:45 p.m. when a man came out of the bushes and tried to grab her. She was able to get away, and police are now investigating the incident.

The incident happened near Sunset Ridge School. Sunset Ridge principal Lynn Byrn sent out a notice to parents regarding the report. According to the notice, the girl reported that a man attempted to grab her; he then chased her down the street. The notice also stated that the girl hit the man over the head with a blunt object twice, then was able to run away and close the garage door behind her.  

Phoenix PD Sergeant Jonathan Howard said that the girl described the man as a Hispanic male in his 30s, with a thick mustache and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt covering his head. Police are investigating the report.

“Officers scoured the neighborhood for the suspect but were unable to locate him or any evidence that may help identify him, including a review of area surveillance footage along the path of reported chase,” Howard noted. “We are continuing to work to find corroborating evidence, identify a suspect, and determine a motive.”

Another report of an attempted abduction was made last week, this one in north Scottsdale. According to a parent notice from the Cave Creek Unified School District, one of their students reported that a man grabbed her arm and tried to pull her towards his car. Scottsdale Police Department is investigating that incident.

Anyone with information on the north Phoenix case should call the Phoenix Police at (602) 262-6141 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS. Anyone with information on the Scottsdale case can contact Scottsdale PD at (480) 312-5000.

Both these incidents offer opportunities for parents to once again discuss with their children what to do if a stranger approaches them or they feel unsafe in any situation.

The National Crime Prevention Council advises teaching kids “No, Go, Yell, Tell.” This method advocates teaching kids to say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away.

The National Crime Prevention Council offered other tips for parents:

Know where your children are at all times.
Point out safe places.
Teach children to trust their instincts.
Teach your children to be assertive.
Encourage your children to play with others. There’s safety in numbers!

See more tips at www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers.