Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Light-Skinned Black Male Sought In Suspected Child Kidnapping Attempt In Anchorage, Alaska; May Be Linked To Three Previous Attempts In January 2010

On December 14th, 2010, the Anchorage Daily News published a story about another child kidnapping attempt which appears linked to three previous attempts in January 2010. A sixth-grade student reported that a man attempted to abduct her as she walked to Clark Middle School around 7:25 A.M. the same day.

The victim reported that while she was walking, a man in a silver or gray SUV asked if there was a school nearby, then invited her to get in his vehicle. The girl declined and ran away, but slipped and fell. The suspect then ran his SUV over the victim's foot. The victim described the suspect as a light-skinned black male in his early twenties. He has a thin build, short hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a beige or light tan hoodie. The SUV is described as silver or gray with tinted windows.

The description and modus operandi are disturbingly similar to three similar attempts in January 2010. These incidents were described in an Anchorage Police Department press release published January 29th, 2010:

-- January 14th, 2010: Around 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. The victim described the suspect as a black male driving a dark colored SUV.

-- January 28th, 2010: Around 8:45 A.M., 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. At this point, the young girl’s aunt was driving in the area when she noticed her niece crying; she picked the girl up and returned to the girl’s home on the 6600 block of East 8th Avenue. Ptarmigan School officials reported that a young boy entered the school and reported seeing someone get hit. The young boy did not have any other information and could not provide a suspect or vehicle description to police. The victim described the suspect as a black male in his late teens to 20’s with facial hair wearing a gray hoodie and driving a dark colored SUV.

-- 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. The victim described the suspect as a tall light-skinned black male between 18-20 years old, driving a dark colored smaller size SUV with no tire on the back, tinted windows, but no other distinguishing marks.

Common denominators:

-- Light-skinned black male, late teens to early 20s
-- SUV ranging in color from silver to gray, tinted windows
-- Early morning hours, prior to start of school
-- Targets girls between 10-12 years old
-- Asks kids a question, offers them a ride
-- Taps them with vehicle when they run away

All four incidents have taken place within an area bounded by Bragaw Avenue to the west, Mountain View Dr/Glenn Hwy to the north, Muldoon Road to the east, and DeBarr Road to the south. The suspect most likely lives somewhere within that rectangle. Look closely at anyone fitting the description, with a similar vehicle, note their license number, and forward the information to the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, persons can also contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit their tip on the secure website at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

This scumbag needs to be tracked down and secured.

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