Police: Man attempted to abduct 6-year-old at park
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HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
A man grabbed a 6-year-old girl at a Henderson park before she was able to scream and flee from the suspect, police said.
According to Henderson police, the attempted abduction happened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Mountain View Park on Wigwam Parkway near Valle Verde.
Police said the girl was exiting a bathroom when she was confronted by a man. The man spoke with her before grabbing her and covering her mouth with his hand, police said.
HPD said the girl was able to scream for help, prompting the suspect to let her go and flee the area.
Police say the girl suffered a scratch on her face and was very shaken.
Detectives noted the suspect was seen hanging out in the area before the incident. The girl was playing near the ball fields while her father was coaching practice, according to police.
The suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5'7" to 5'10", 190-250 pounds with short blond hair and green or blue eyes. Police said he was last seen wearing a short sleeve checkered shirt, brown pants and gray tennis shoes with blue lines.
He was seen leaving in a two-door faded red older model Volkswagen, possibly a Golf model.
Police urge anyone with information on the suspect to contact Henderson police at 702-267-4750 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Parents are urged to prepare their children in case something like this were to happen to them.
Here are some tips from Henderson Police:
Tell your children not to talk with adults they do not know.
Anytime they are approached by an adult, they should check with a parent, teacher or trusted adult.
Children should never approach a vehicle. If they see a vehicle following them, they should tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult immediately.
Individuals who prey on children often try to gain a child's confidence by asking for help looking for a lost pet or asking for directions. Talk with your children about these ploys.
Role play with your children so they will know how to react if an incident occurs.
Tell your children they should run away from the abductor, yell loudly and say something that will draw attention such as "Help! This is not my Dad. Help! I am being kidnapped." If children just scream, people may think the child is only throwing a tantrum.
Always report anything suspicious such as someone sitting in a car watching a playground or a school.
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