Man knocks on door, grabs 12-year-old from Gold Canyon home

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GOLD CANYON -- Pinal County sheriff's investigators are looking for a suspect who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl Wednesday morning.

At approximately 8 a.m., a woman contacted the sheriff's office and reported that someone tried to abduct her daughter from their home in the 6000 block of South Russet Way in Gold Canyon.

The girl told sheriff's deputies that someone knocked at the door at approximately 7 a.m. When she answered, an unknown man grabbed her by the arm and put her into his car.

The girl said they drove around for a short time until she was able to get out of the vehicle near Amber Sun Way. She told investigators that she opened the door, rolled out of the vehicle and ran from the area.

The girl's parents said they were home at the time of the incident but were unaware of what had happened.

They told investigators they had disciplined their daughter earlier in the morning for not completing her chores.

At approximately 7 a.m., they heard the front door open and close and thought she had left to catch her school bus. When they went into the living room, they noticed her backpack was still by the door and immediately left the home to look for her, thinking she had taken a walk to cool off after getting in trouble.

They found their daughter in a subdivision a short distance from their home.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male approximately 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, 20 to 30 years old with short dark hair, green eyes and a multicolored circular tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was wearing a black T-shirt with jeans and was driving an older-model tan or brown 4-door sedan with manual door locks.

Anyone with information regarding this case or anyone who may have been in the area during the time of the incident is urged to contact detectives at 520-866-5112.