Suspect still out there, Calgary police warn
"The police are very concerned with this attempt because definitely there was some intent to harm and assault this young girl."
A young girl’s quick actions saved her from an abduction attempt as she escaped a man who tried to snatch her in the city’s northeast yesterday.
Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old after a man followed her home as she walked along TempleHill Road NE around noon yesterday.
Duty Insp. Luch Berti said the girl thought she was being followed by a man, so she ran home.
About an hour later she left again only to have the man follow her again, grabbing her by the hair before she wrestled free and ran for help.
“The police are very concerned with this attempt because definitely there was some intent to harm and assault this young girl,” Berti told Metro, adding the brash daylight attempt is also worrying.
“The fact the man continued to wait and follow her again after she went into the house is alarming. We want to warn the public that this person is out there.”
Berti said the girl and her parents were very smart to prepare an escape plan for such an attack.
“A plan of escape and personal safety is so important and parents should make sure to sit down with their children and tell them about the realities and that things like this can happen.”
The police warn parents to ensure their kids walk with a brother, sister or in groups and to have safe places to run to in the neighbourhood such as well-known neighbours. Kids should also not walk alone after dark.
The girl was able to provide a very detailed description but Berti said people shouldn’t only think in exact terms but to look around for similarities.
“We really want to catch this guy, and we want the public to be aware he is out there,” Berti said.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male between 20-years-old to 26-years-old, with a medium build, reddish hair and a short, red beard. He was wearing a brown baseball cap with the words AC/DC, a black hoodie, blue jeans, white runners, a gold ring and reflective-lens sunglasses.
Police are also looking for a purple or red sedan, possibly a four-door Honda Civic with tinted windows, a back fin, a smashed front headlight and a large scratch on one of the doors.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call police at 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).