Valley mom spreads the word about abduction attempt

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by Jaime Cerreta

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azfamily.com

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 12:15 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix mother is livid that her community is not doing more about a man trying to lure girls into his car.

"I started to get messages from people about how my flyer was getting around and I was shocked," said Mandie Eason. We first met Mandie Thursday night when she told us how her daughter had been approached by a man while she was walking to the bus stop.

"He asked my age, I told him I was 14 and too young and he acted all sad because I wouldn't get in his car," said Eason's daughter.

Mandie made posters describing what the man looked like and hung them all over the neighborhood of 21st Avenue and Union Hills.

We posted a picture of Eason's flyers on Jaime Cerreta's Facebook page and the message spread. In just four days, the poster had been shared 5900 times, had 245 likes, and more than 80 comments. "It does involve and engage the community in speaking to one another about an individual like this," said Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department.

But police say since the man has not committed a crime, there's not much they can do. "We have increased patrols in the area hoping to prevent this more than anything else," said Sgt. Martos.

We contacted the Deer Valley School District. In a statement it says, it has not received any phone calls from parents, but the school resource officer has been notified and is in contact with Phoenix Police.

"We're hoping to learn new information to help us question this man's motives," said Sgt. Martos. Meanwhile, Eason says she wants children and parents to be aware, and is glad Facebook helped make it happen.

The man is described as in his 20s or 30s, white, heavy, with short blond hair. He is driving a four-door blue car with faded paint. If you have seen this man or this car, you're urged to call police. 







 

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