Police seek suspect in attempted abduction of young girl

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police need the community's help identifying a man who tried to abduct a young girl last week.

Police say around 3:40 p.m. last Thursday, June 13, two elementary school-aged girls were playing in the park near 53rd Avenue and Cholla Street. That's when an adult male approached them.

According to police reports, when the two girls started to walk away, the adult male suspect grabbed one of the girls from behind, dragging her backwards.

Both girls began to yell, while one of them ran toward a nearby home for help. Hearing the witness yell for help, the suspect released the victim and ran in the direction of the witness before eventually fleeing the area on a bicycle.

The two girls were able to safely get to a home and contact a citizen who called 911. Neither girl was hurt. Officers searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Police have now released two composite sketches of the suspect.

The man is described as an Asian male, in his 30s, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing 175 pounds. He is said to have short black hair and a patchy beard. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and sweatshirt, black sunglasses, baggy black pants, and dark colored shoes. Police say he was riding a dark green or black BMX style bike with black handlebars.

Detectives believe this is an isolated incident and currently have no leads in this case.

If you have any information on the suspect, you're asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.