(Henderson, NV) — Henderson Police are searching for a suspect who attempted to abduct a 6-year-old girl from a restroom Sunday morning at an area park.
The girl was playing near the ball fields while her father was coaching practice at Mountain View Park on Wigwam Parkway about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The suspect was seen hanging out in the area.
The girl used the restroom and was confronted by the suspect as she was leaving the restroom. He spoke with her and then grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hand.
The little girl was able to scream for help. The suspect let her go and then fled the area. The girl suffered a minor scratch but was very shaken up by the incident.
“As soon as this occurred someone called 911 and police went out right away and started searching the area after getting a suspect description. Police scoured the area looking for the suspect but unfortunately we weren’t able to find the suspect Sunday morning. We continued into the afternoon and evening and again Monday looking to identify and apprehend the suspect in this case,” says Keith Paul, Henderson Police spokesman.
The suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing about 190 to 250 pounds with short blond hair and green or blue eyes. 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.
In Sunday’s incident the girl did what she should by calling for help and drawing attention to the situation. Parents should talk with their children about strangers and what to do in similar situations.
- 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.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit http://www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.