Police searching for attempted child abductor
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to abduct two little girls right outside their Miami Gardens home last week.
According to reports, on Aug. 23, a 9-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister were getting the mail at their home off the 1500 block of Northwest 189th Terrace when a man drove up to them and told them to get into his car. The subject allegedly opened the car door and tried to grab the 9-year-old girl. "Somebody pulled up by the mail box and tried to grab me," said the elder sister, who spoke off camera.
The child resisted and ran back inside the house with her little sister. "He said, get in the car, you little girl," said the girl. "I ran away."
Miami Gardens Police Detective Michael Wright said, "She did an outstanding job. She screamed, she fought, she yelled for any kind of assistance."
The subject then fled the area. The children's grandmother said her family is now living in fear knowing this man is on the prowl. "It's a dangerous and scary situation," she said, also speaking off camera, "and we're living it and re-living it and dreaming it and thinking about it."
The young girl said she is now haunted by the fact the abductor is still on the loose. "He might take me, abuse me," said the girl. "If you are out there, please don't do anything to any other kids. It is just sad if other kids got taken away, got abused."
Residents of the Miami Gardens neighborhood are also very concerned, "I think it is unfortunate. Fortunately, when I grew up, we were allowed to be children and now children fear for their very lives," said neighbor Eugene Thomas.
Another neighbor added, "This street is full of kids playing all the way to the end here. If someone is running around doing that, then we all need to be on alert here in our own community cause we need to look out for one another."
The alleged abductor is described as a black male in his 30s, with blue eyes, short black hair, and has a tattoo on his left hand of a wasp. He was seen driving a 2001-04 white GMC 1500 pickup truck.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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