GPD Investigating Attempted Kidnapping in Northeast Gainesville
Gainesville, Fl. -- Gainesville police say she could have been singled out because she was walking alone.
A 12 year old was walking to school a little after nine o'clock this morning along the 1200 block of Northeast 23rd Street when a car stopped in the road and a man tried to pull her inside.
She was able to run away and told a nearby crossing guard what happened.
Police are still investigating the incident.
"Always walk with a group of people. Someone that has bad intentions is a lot less likely to attack a group of people where there's multiple voices and multiple people than they are a single person," GPD Spokesman Ben Tobias says. "They're more likely to go for that single person who may not be able to yell or shout if they're in trouble."
Officers describe the man as a black male in his mid 40's about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds with a full beard, wearing a black skull cap and a brown shirt with bleach stains on the sleeves.
The vehicle was described as a tan 2000's model 4-door Toyota Camry.
If you have any information about this case, please call GPD dispatch at 352-955-1818. You can also submit an anonymous tip by texting keyword "GPDFL" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Please call 9-1-1 if you observe any suspicious activity.
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