School, Home Training Helped Girl Avoid Abduction

Apr 19, 2005

FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. (CBS4) Federal Heights police have found the car
used in an attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl Monday, CBS4 News
reports.

The alleged abduction happened near Niver Creek middle school located
near 92nd and Pecos St.

Police say they are interviewing the car’s owner and no charges have been
filed. The car, however, has been impounded.

The walk to school turned threatening along Pecos street when a driver
pulled along side the 13-year-old.

“He leaned out, to see me I guess, and he asked me if I wanted to get in
his car,” the girl said. “I said, ‘No,’ and I kept walking.”

The driver was persistent and that’s what caught Don Kunce’s attention.

“He then went from that lane, made an illegal turn into a trailer park,”
Kunce said. “The whole time, instead of looking to see if anybody is
coming, he’s watching over on the other side of Pecos here. I see he’s
watching this little girl.”

The driver tried to get the girl in his car again.

“You should get in my car now,” the girl said the man told her. “Get in
my car. He kept yelling, and I kept ignoring him and just kept walking.

“He was getting frustrated with me because I wasn’t listening to him,”
she said.

“I was able to get the plate number, and the description of the car and
all,” Kunce said.

Kunce scribbled the information on the palm of his hand and called
police. The 13-year-old girl made it to school and was met by officers.
She said she didn’t know Kunce was watching her.

“I was confused because I didn’t know if I should tell a teacher or call
the police,” the girl said. “So I’m glad that that person did something
that wasn’t about them, but helped me out.”

The school principal sent a letter home with students. It said the school
met with all the students to practice “stranger danger’” safety.

That strategy, first taught at school and reinforced at home, is what the
13-year-old girl said saved her.

State lawmakers are doing what they can to minimize contact between
children and sexual predators. On Monday, they pushed a bill that would
bar sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of schools, playgrounds,
shopping centers, video arcades and day care centers.

© 2005 news4colorado.com.

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