LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – On Monday evening a Lafayette neighborhood experienced something every parent fears, an attempted child abduction. Sgt. Brian Gossard said although it is uncommon, it could happen anywhere.
“It is unusual for incidents for this to happen, not impossible, but it is out of the ordinary,” said Gossard.
He said police were called around 5 p.m. Monday to Canyon Creek Circle after the attempted abduction of a 9-year-old girl. According to police, the girl was walking her dog when two men is a gold-colored SUV started following her.
“A passenger got out with a ski mask, and initially started walking towards her and then took off running,” said Gossard.
The girl was able to run back home to safety, but the two men in the SUV fled the area. Police are now searching for two white males in a smaller model gold SUV.
Gossard said although it is a scary situation, it is a reminder to all parents of the importance of teaching your children what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
“Just being aware of their surroundings, and to have some kind of plan that they’ve already talked about with the parent to react to that kind of situation,” said Gossard.
The family of the 9-year-old girl was not available for an interview.
Anyone with information about the attempted abduction is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or the anonymous WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.
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