Update: Police urge parents to keep their eye on their children
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:20:34 GMT —
Update: Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 10:10 p.m.
Holts Summit Police are still on the lookout for a man who reportedly tried to abduct a young girl walking home in Winding Hills Mobile Home Park.
Officers were at the scene Tuesday evening, trying to figure out exactly what happened.
This is not the first attempted abduction in Callaway County.
In two separate instances last week in Fulton, a driver attempted to lure kids into a car.
Holts Summit Police are unsure if the attempted abduction at Winding Hills Mobile Home Park was related to those in Fulton.
Still, Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said parents need to be vigilant.
"Parents need to keep an eye on their children. Make sure they know where their children are at all times and if they do see something suspicious call us," Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said.
Neighbors said that the 11-year-old was grabbed right on Jefferson Road by a larger man in a red car. They also told KRCG that there was more then one person in the vehicle when it happened.
"There were two individuals in a red car that had a scrape on the driver's side of it. The passenger in the car got out, half way out of the car and he grabbed her with his left arm, 11-year-old TMs Grandpa Kenneth Belt said. He grabbed her by the shoulder and dug his thumb in and made some bruises on her low shoulder."
Kenneth Belt said then his granddaughter managed to squirm away, and ran inside her house.
His granddaughter didn't get a good look at the would-be kidnapper because the man grabbed her from behind.
"The only thing she knows is that he had blonde hair on his arm because she saw that when he put his arm around her. She didn't actually see his face because he was behind her, Belt said.
Police said this attempted kidnapping comes at a time of particular concern, when it gets dark earlier and when children could be out alone trick or treating.
"I would like parents to stay with their children when they trick or treat. Go in groups, stay in well lit neighborhoods, wear bright clothing, carry a flashlight and the biggest thing is, have parents stay with the kids," Holts Summit Police Chief McIntyre said.
Police aren't the only ones asking parents to keep an eye out; Fulton school district last week sent a letter home asking the same.
Two students both reported being approached by a man as they walked home from school.
The school feels parents need to talk with their kids about how important it is to tell an adult if a stranger tries to convince them to get in a car.
If you have any information on attempted abductions please contact Callaway County Sheriff TMs Office or the Holts Summit Police Department.
Update: Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 2:18 p.m.
Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said that the abduction attempt appears to be random.
Monday night a report came into Holts Summit Police that a larger white male attempted to kidnap a young girl.
The man was in a red neon or Volkswagen that had scratched behind the driver TMs side door. McIntyre said that the initial description of the car having grey stripes might have been wrong.
The attempted abduction happened at a mobile home park off of Jefferson Road.
Police are on the lookout for a possible abductor.
A white male attempted to abduct an 11-year-old girl in Holts Summit, Mo. Monday evening.
The car was described as a red Dodge Neon with grey stripes. There is a scratch behind the driver TMs side door.
The 11-year-old was able to escape.
Dispatchers relayed the information over police scanner.