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Police search for suspect after attempted child abduction in Jefferson City

At around 7:45 a.m., police responded to West Elementary School for an attempted child abduction that occurred in an area neighborhood. (File)

Police are asking the public for help in locating a man who attempted to abduct an elementary student Tuesday morning.

At around 7:45 a.m., police responded to West Elementary School for an attempted child abduction that occurred in an area neighborhood.

The intended victim, a juvenile who attends the elementary school, told police she was on her way to school in the Hayselton/Allen Drive area when a male suspect grabbed her off of her bicycle and tried to pull her into his vehicle. The student was able to get away and get to school, where she immediately notified school officials, who in turn contacted police, according to JCPD.

"This is probably a good time for parents to talk to their kids obviously about self awareness and understanding of where you are and whose around you and to make sure you tell someone and authority and I think that's what this girl did," said Jefferson City Police Captain Doug Shoemaker. "She's a very brave young lady."

"She showed courage," said Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum. "I just commend her, it's a situation that's unfortunate, but she did a great job."

The suspect was described as a male in his mid-30s, with scruffy, brown hair and crooked teeth. He was driving a 4-door bright red pickup truck, with step rails and a silver/chrome brush guard. It was believed to have Missouri plates, with the last digit possibly an 8, police stated.

"We want to find out who did this and we want to take them into custody sooner than later," said Shoemaker.

Anyone with any information has been encouraged to contact Jefferson City Police at 634-6400, or CrimeStoppers at 659-TIPS.


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