Phoenix police hold community meeting about attempted abductions

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- There have been three attempted abductions in the same part of town and Phoenix police are trying to assure the public that they are doing everything they can to find the suspect.

Having a possible child predator loose in the neighborhood is scary.

"This has become something extremely important to us because we all have kids or grandkids," Manuela Casillas said.

Three times this month, Phoenix police say a person or people have tried kidnapping young girls in the Maryvale area.

The Phoenix Police Department held a community meeting Tuesday night. With no arrests, police are trying to calm a community on edge and get their help catching whoever is responsible.

"I look out through my window or when I'm outside I look, see who passes around, who's the person that's driving the car or the passenger, I try to do my best to see who's there," resident Victoria Luevano said.

So far, police have released two sketches of possible suspects. The descriptions came from the three victims. In one instance, a 14-year-old girl was shoved into a car, but was released almost immediately without explanation from her abductor.

In two other instances, 11-year-old girls were followed.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area.

"We think the more of the residents in this area that are armed with the information about exactly what's going on, the vehicle descriptions and the suspect descriptions, if nothing else, it is going to put a suspect to ground, it is going to make somebody run from here," Sgt. Trent Crump said.

The Isaac School District is also increasing vigilance.

"In the mornings and after school we have staff that are out with the students, making sure they get home safely," said Mario Ventura, superintendent of the Isaac School District. "We also have extra district personnel that are out on the streets, as well."

Police have released vehicle information. One was described as a 1990s dark brown four-door sedan similar to a Ford Taurus. The other was described as a dark green older minivan with dark windows, some scratches on the hood and white numbering on either side.