Northbridge 10-year-old Escapes Abduction Attempt

By Andrew Lightman / Daily News Staff
Sunday, February 20, 2005

MCKINNEY, Texas — A 9-year-old McKinney boy escaped a potential
kidnapping this weekend, police said.

NORTHBRIDGE — Police said they are baffled and without leads after
Friday’s attempted kidnapping of a 10-year-old Whitinsville girl.

“We don’t have anything to go on, but we’ll definitely keep an eye on
it,” said Sgt. Stephen Zollin. “It was probably random. Probably an
‘opportunity strikes’ type of attack.”

The attempt was reported by the girl’s mother at 8:20 Friday night. After
initially reporting that her daughter was missing, the mother called
police back, reporting a man in her North Main Street driveway tried to
kidnap her daughter.

“She went to go get something from the family car and someone pulled up
in a green car and grabbed her,” Zollin said.

The victim told police the attempted abductor is a skinny white man in
his 30s, with a brown beard, and wearing a leather-like jacket. The
driver of a green car matching that description was stopped by Douglas
Police a short time later, Zollin said.

But, when the girl was brought to identify him, Zollin said the girl told
police they stopped the wrong man.

Still, Zollin said he also thinks the girl performed very well under
pressure, managing to struggle enough to free herself from the man’s grip.

“She yelled even though he told her not to yell. He slapped her on the
arm, trying to get her to stop yelling,” Zollin said. “I guess she got
mad enough and kicked him, which I think made him let her go. And she had
the presence of mind to run and hide.”

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