Sanford police ask public to keep eye out for suspect in attempted kidnapping

Posted July 23, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
Last modified July 24, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.

SANFORD, Maine — Sanford police are asking local people to keep an eye out for a suspect in a possible attempted child abduction that occurred on Tuesday evening.

The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the corner of High and Bates streets, Cpl. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department said Wednesday in a news release.

Officers who were sent to the scene spoke to two 10-year-old girls who said a black van had pulled up alongside of them while they were walking, Gagne said.

The male driver reportedly exited the vehicle, grabbed the shirt of one of the girls and pulled her. The other girl, who was walking in front, turned and yelled at him. The male let go, got back into his vehicle and fled the area. Neither girl was injured, Gagne said.

The suspect is described as a tall black male in his 40s, with a bald head and a scruffy beard that was slightly gray, Gagne said. He was wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.

The van is described as all black, with windows on the driver and passenger sides. The rear doors were white. The description of the van was sent out to all area law enforcement agencies, Gagne said, adding that the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to call the Sanford Police Department’s detective division at 324-9170 and follow the prompts.

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