Six-year-old escapes near abduction

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Henrietta Police Chief Caleb Carter held a special meeting Tuesday at Henrietta City hall to inform townspeople of a near abduction of a six-year-old girl Monday night.

A white male, approximately 6’3”, followed the girl from a friend’s house near Sixth and Main streets and attempted to grab her, Carter said. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and white tennis shoes. Carter said the girl couldn’t identify the suspect because the hoodie hid his facial features.

“The suspect came from behind the Baptist church and walked faster and faster, extending his arms to try to grab her,” Carter wrote in his report.

Carter said the girl realized the dangerous situation and “she kicked her shoes off and high-tailed it home.”

“Luckily she was only two doors from her house,” Carter said.

Her seventh-grade brother was waiting on the house porch, Carter said, and called the police.

Carter along with three Ray County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area for the suspect for around an hour.

“The little brother saw him again on Seventh Street, but the suspect noticed the deputies’ spotlight and took out by an abandoned house by the church,” Carter said. About 30 minutes later, the suspect was seen walking on Highway H toward Camden, but fled the police.


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