BUCKEYE -- Police are searching for the man who tried to abduct a Buckeye girl while she was walking home from school.
Police said the girl was walking in the 500 block of East Centre Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her and told her to get inside his car.
When she refused and walked away, he chased her about a block. She hid behind a bush at an abandoned home until the man left the area, then went home and told her parents about the incident.
Police said a door-to-door canvass of the area yielded no leads, but the girl provided a description of the man for a sketch.
He is believed to be a white man in his early 40s or 50s. He was wearing gray pants, a black jacket, a black hat, and a red bandanna on the lower half of his face.
He was reportedly driving an older model, dark blue four-door sedan with a dent in the driver’s door.
Buckeye residents like Afia Suma are horrified. She has two kids, ages 11 and 4.
"They all play outside freely, so it's real sad," she said.
Jesus and Betty Ruiz have a 14-year-old son, and they said they always tell him to be careful.
“It worries me that there are people like that out there,” Betty Ruiz said.
“Things happen when and where you least expect them,” Jesus Ruiz added. “We try to always keep an eye on him."
Suma said kids always play in the area and she hopes their parents are being even more vigilant after the abduction attempt.
"These predators, they'll be a little deterred ... if they know that people are out there and will look out for their neighbors," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Buckeye Police Detective Joe Preston at 623-349-6400.