Friday, January 29, 2010

Unidentified Black Man Suspected In Three "Bump-And-Stop" Child Abduction Attempts In Anchorage, Alaska During The Past Two Weeks

The Anchorage Police Department reports that an unidentified black man driving a dark-colored SUV is the common suspect in three unsuccessful child abduction attempts in Anchorage, Alaska between January 14th and January 29th, 2010. In each case, the suspect reportedly "bumps" the intended victim with his vehicle, then stops and offers to take the victim to the hospital. He appears to be targeting girls between 8 and 11 years old. All three attempts occurred during the morning hours in northeast Anchorage, in the Russian Jack-Muldoon area.

Media Stories:

-- "Joint statement: APD, ASD describe 3 similar abduction attempts", Anchorage Daily News, January 29th (this is the best story).
-- "Schoolgirls targeted in 3 abduction attempts", Anchorage Daily News, January 29th.
-- "Suspected abductor struck girls with SUV, police say", KTUU Channel 2, January 29th.
-- "Police looking for suspect in three attempted abductions of elementary school-aged girls", KTVA Channel 11, January 29th.

From the three separate incident reports, we get the following combined description:

A tall, light-skinned black male in his late teens to early 20s (18-20 specifically), with facial hair, driving a dark-colored, smaller-size SUV with no tire on the back, tinted windows. In one attempt, he was wearing a gray hoodie. In another attempt, he was wearing rectangular-shaped glasses.

First Attempt: January 14, 2010, just before 8:30 A.M., a 10-year-old girl was walking to Creekside Park Elementary School when she says she was struck by a vehicle. The girl states that the suspect offered to give her a ride which she declined.

Second Attempt: January 28th, 2010, around 8:45 A.M., where a 10-year-old girl was walking to Ptarmigan Elementary School with a friend when she believes she was struck in the head by either a vehicle or person in the area of 8th Avenue and Edward Street. The girl indicated the suspect then offered to give her a ride to the school and she got into the vehicle. The victim then became scared as they were passing by her elementary school and she started screaming. The suspect let her out of the vehicle.

Third Attempt: January 29th, 2010, around 7:45 A.M., an 11-year-old girl was walking to the bus stop from her home on the 5300 block of Taku Drive. The victim indicated that while she was walking a man in a dark-colored vehicle told her there was a moose in the area and offered to give her a ride, which she declined; the girl indicated she continued walking, when she believes the suspect accelerated and struck her in the back knocking her to the ground. The suspect got out of his vehicle and offered to give her a ride to the hospital, where he said he worked. The victim got up and ran back to her home.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau stated, "We are extremely concerned about these incidents, as we have repeatedly stressed the importance of safe walking procedures to our students. We are working closely with APD and ask anyone who has observed these or any similar incidents to contact APD or their school immediately."

Police are asking anyone with information about either of these incidents to contact them at the non-emergency 786-8900 number, although if you actually see an attempted kidnapping, call 911. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, persons can also contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit their tip on their secure web site at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

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