RICHMOND, VA—Richmond Police are stepping up patrols near an East End pool after a man attempted to abduct a young girl as she walked with her brother Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond Police say a man approached the 10-year-old girl in the 1100 block of Apperson Street, as she walked to the Powhatan Community Pool around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday,
"She said he kept pulling to the curb and pulling away, pulling to the curb and talking to her. And she stopped to fix her sandal, and he pulled to the curb and parked," the girl's mother Stacey Winters told 8News.
Winters says her 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were walking to the pool together when it happened.
"I think there are some really sick people out there, I really do," Winters told 8News. "And thank God that they didn't actually grab my child."
Police say the man made several attempts to persuade the girl to enter his vehicle, but at no time did he leave his vehicle or make contact with the girl.
Police say the suspect is described as a light skinned male in his 50's, balding with grey hair on his temples. He was seen leaving the area in a gray mini-van.
The incident, that took place in broad daylight, has nearby neighbors concerned.
"It bothers me, it really bothers me. I don't have any kids of my own, but I have nieces and nephews that come up to this pool right here," said Kevin Logan who lives nearby.
Richmond Police say they've increased patrols in the area.
Anyone with any information about this man or this vehicle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip.
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