Gilbert PD: Man tried to lure young girl with ice cream, puppies

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Suspect sketch (Source: Gilbert PD) Suspect sketch (Source: Gilbert PD)
Suspect sketch (Source: Gilbert PD) Suspect sketch (Source: Gilbert PD)

Gilbert police are asking the community to keep their eyes open for a man who may have tried to abduct a little girl.

It happened June 13, at approximately 5 p.m. in a neighborhood near Power and Guadalupe roads.

Police say a 9-year-old girl was riding her bike when a man in a white mini-van pulled up alongside her. Her mother told police that the suspect offered the child ice cream and asked if she wanted to "see his puppies."

"It's disgusting is what it is," said neighbor Ken Burdick. 

The little girl told the man 'no' and rode her bike home, where she told her parents. 

"Amazing. It's what you hope, that your children will have the same reaction, first instinct, say no and get away quickly. So happy that she was able to do that," said neighbor Kaci Perkins. 

The little girl was also able to give police a good description of the stranger. Police are now looking for a white man in his 50s, heavy set, with long white hair and beard, and scars on his face.

The vehicle is described as a white mini-van or small delivery-type vehicle, with sliding side doors and two rear cargo doors that open vertically. The left side passenger door has a dent and the left rear cargo door has a dent. The vehicle did not have a license plate.

Other neighbors believe they've seen the same vehicle in the area. 

Gilbert police have released a suspect sketch in hopes someone will recognize him.

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