Police investigate possible kidnapping, assault of 12-year-old girl

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating a possible kidnapping and assault of a preteen girl while she was walking to school Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to the area of 28th Street and Tamarisk Avenue, which is south of Broadway Road, shortly before 10 a.m. for a report of a kidnapping.

Police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said a 12-year-old girl indicated she was approached from behind while walking to Percy L. Julian School. She told police she was crossing 24th Street near Broadway Road when someone put something wet over her mouth and she lost conciousness.

Crump said the girl also indicated she had been unconscious for about two hours before waking up in an alley with her clothes torn.

She was taken to a local hospital.

Police do not have any suspect or vehicle information.

Crump said the police department is in contact with the school district and will increase patrols around campus until detectives can determine what happened.

"We felt it's our responsibility, not knowing when these results will be in, to make sure that the people in this area, the families that have kids that go to school in this area, understand what it is we know at this point so they can take the safety precautions that they want to take," Crump said.

Carla Coleman said she was glad she had already planned to pick her child up from the school.

"I do pick her up when I get off work ... and she knows not to leave until I get here," Coleman said.

Police said students who cannot get rides home should walk in groups.