Attempted Kidnappings: Police think suspect is linked to 3 attac

Attempted Kidnappings: Police think suspect is linked to three attacks

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A young girl was nearly kidnapped while riding her bike last night and police think the same suspect is linked to two other attempted kidnappings in the area.
 
What has police concerned is that this is the third attempted abduction since February 6th.

The first attempted abduction happened near McDowell and 38th ave, in that particular case the 14 year old girl was forced into a car but was released.  That 14 year old girl was able to provide police with a description of the suspect which led to a composite sketch
    
Another attempted abduction happened near 28th avenue and Granada. In that case the suspect tried to get an 11 year old girl into a car. She too provided police with a description and if you look closely both sketches are very similar leading police to believe it is the same man. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male 30-40 years-old with a medium build and short black hair.

A third attempted abduction near 30th Ave and Palm Lane happened last night. Police say an 11 year old girl was riding her scooter home when a white van came up trying to block her. She was able to run away and get help from her friends dad.

FOX 10 spoke with her today about what happened. "I was coming home from my friends house and I was riding my scooter and a van pulled over into the bike route and he started following me they followed me for about 2 minutes and that's when I got scared and came over here," said the girl.
    
The girl said her father is not going to let her play alone outside, "I'm not going on my bike by myself no more but I think my dad is going to pick me up and drop me off from my friends house".

Police are now warning parents in that area to be extra careful they say these three individuals are lucky that there were able to get away before anything bad could have happened. If you see anything suspicious or know anything you are asked to call police immediately.

If you know anything about this crime, please call silent witness at 480-WITNESS.

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