PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- According to police, an 11-year-old girl was almost abducted in Phoenix last week on her way to school, but the attempt as foiled by a good Samaritan with a gun.

It happened near 19th Avenue and Union Hills Road

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The timeline is a little unclear. Police tell us this happened Wednesday morning, but the girl's father, who didn't want to be on camera, said it happened last Tuesday, and that she told her teacher the next day.

The 11-year-old victim was walking in the area of Village Meadows Elementary School when a man in a black hoodie approached her from behind. 

[WATCH: Neighbor praises good Samaritan who stopped attempted kidnapping in Phoenix]

According to police, the man grabbed the girl's right arm. He then pulled it behind her back and placed his other arm over her face.

The man, who was a stranger to the little girl, began to speak to the victim when a witness knocked the man down and told him to leave the girl alone.

"They told us somebody from the north side of this block intervened and stopped the guy from abducting the little girl," neighbor Don George said.

The witness then pointed a gun at the man. The suspect then ran off.

"Congratulations, you get an award for this my friend," George said.

The girl's father tells Arizona's Family she’s scared but otherwise relatively unharmed. He also said he’s driving her to school for the time being.

[WATCH: Neighbor says Phoenix area where 11-year-old was nearly taken is busy every morning]

Phoenix police said they plan to release a composite sketch later this week. 

Police describe the suspect as a black man with very dark complexion, green eyes and a study-style nose ring in his left nostril.

The girl's father tells Arizona's Family she’s scared but otherwise relatively unharmed. He also said he’s driving her to school for the time being.

In the mornings and afternoons on Morningside Drive, you'll find kids making their way to and from school.

"Kids walk up to school 2 blocks to the east," said neighbor Don George. "It's a grade school and probably 25 kids walk by here every morning between 7:30 and 8."

The district sent a letter home to parents Monday. 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Phoenix police at 602-534-2121 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish. 

 


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sfr8

Now, if the girl was armed, she could have defended herself, right? No need for a stranger to intervene. GUNNNNNZ!! GUNNNNNNZZ!! I lurve GUNNNZ!

bobbkc11

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Les

A big thanks to the -armed- witness.
Remember, an armed society > good guys with guns - is a polite society.

nuusmaan

I'm for protecting kids and I am glad this worked out well. That's a cute sound bite you repeated. But let's deal in facts (and if Congress would fund the CDC and other public health agencies to stdy the problem, there would be more). Unfortunately the gun lobby is afraid of the truth, and cowardly politicians have responded to their lobbying and campaign funds by writing the prohibitions into such funding into federal law. Some data are available from the FBI, ATF and state and local agencies:

• Drivers who carry guns are 44 percent more likely than unarmed drivers to make obscene gestures at other motorists, and 77 percent more likely to follow them aggressively.
• Among Texans convicted of serious crimes, those with concealed-handgun licenses were sentenced for threatening someone with a firearm 4.8 times more than those without.
• In states with Stand Your Ground and other laws making it easier to shoot in self-defense, those policies have been linked to a 7 to 10 percent increase in homicides.

Dean

You are afraid of the truth nuusmaan, the "facts" you quote are made up by the fake news media and you.

Fritz

"Drivers who carry guns are 44 percent more likely than unarmed drivers to make obscene gestures at other motorists, and 77 percent more likely to follow them aggressively."

LOL!!! Do you actually believe that?

All three of your so-called facts are made up. They are simply not true.

Poedgrandfather

I have no idea where you got your numbers, but they do not mach the reports from law enforcement agencies. You wouldn't happen to be a gun hating troll would you?

sfr8

GUNNNZ!!

sfr8

Lmao. Go dry hump your arsenal.

Wayne kenoff

What happened to the witness? He should be given a medal.

MissG

Not sure why they would hold that information from the public so long. Glad the witness was able to stop whatever was happening.

Di

Well not real smart to keep it to yourself, how many other kids could be taken, by the time anyone gets the news. That's looking out for the community. NOT!

Fritz

I strongly doubt the truth of this story. Who stops a kidnapping and doesn't call the cops? What kid deals with an attempted kidnapping and waits until the next day to say anything to an adult.?


My guess is that the child was dealing with some other issue and made up this kidnapping attempt to draw attention. Poor kid.

sfr8

The truth is GUNNNZZ!! Everybody needs 'em!

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