Police Say Watch Out For Would-Be Kidnapper

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Colorado Springs police say a would-be kidnapper is on the loose in Colorado Springs.
Police are investigating the kidnap attempt, after a seven-year-old was nearly snatched by a stranger, on the south side of the Springs.

They say it happened on Melville Drive Sunday evening, near South Academy and Hancock, at around 6-o'clock in the evening.

Police say the seven-year-old girl was on the 4500 block of Melville Drive, and says she was almost kidnapped while walking a dog.
The little girl told police that a man tried several times to lure her into his car.
She reportedly told police she ignored the man and ran away before anything could happen.
It was still light out, but police say there were no other witnesses other than the child.
Authorities say she was at a relative's house, and was alone during the attempted kidnapping.

The little girl was not hurt, but police recommend that a child around this age should be accompanied by an adult, even if just walking a dog in their own neighborhood.

The suspect is described as:
White male
Between 45 and 60 years old
Gray hair
Earrings in both ears
Wearing a white shirt and blue pants
Driving a red older model car, possibly 4-doors

If you know anything about this attempted kidnapping, you can help and remain anonymous.

Just call crime stoppers at 634-STOP

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  • by Dan Location: Springs on Mar 30, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    She was not at her mom and dad's house, she was visiting other relatives that the parents THOUGHT they could trust with their daughter.
  • by Nikki on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    K, just because I didn't have kids at 19 like yourself, doesn't mean I don't have an idea how to raise them. Before bashing down on others, why not put in some kind of logical input rather than making the source of your comment ragging on people. I'm sorry for your short-comings. Good luck in your pathetic life.
  • by k Location: fountain on Mar 24, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Well said Jake. It's a totally different world today. Nikki, write back when you have kids of your own.
  • by vicki Location: colorado springs,co on Mar 24, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    When I was growing up it was safe to walk your dog, even play out after dark with the neighborhood kids. Not today, with all the sick people running around why would anyone let their child, even a teenager walk a dog alone anywhere, thats the same as child neglect to me. Don't you love your daughter enough to protect her at all times. In this day and the way life is NO one is safe not even in their own homes, yet people still don't think. Next time your child goes out the door alone.... will it be the last.
  • by Nikki on Mar 24, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    Jake, I understand where you're coming from, but I still would probably let my seven-year old walk the dog--within certain boundaries, of course. I'm 26 years old now and although I may not have children yet, I lived in Berlin, Germany walking my dogs at that age and I feel that, within certain limits, seven-year old children can walk their dog and in no part is it negligence on the parents in this situation.
  • by Cheryl on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    Don-grow up. I hope YOU don't have any kids. And if you do, I truly feel sorry for them...
  • by Jake on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    There are a lot of things I did as a child, Nikki,I will not let my own kids do. When I grew up the whole neighborhood looked out for each other and the kids. You could tell someone else's child they were misbehaving. We were raised with respect and people took care of kids. Society today is angrier and uglier. The crime rate here alone in the Springs has tripled in the 13 yeras I have lived here. The bolder media and Hollywood get, an undeniable and statically proven fact, the bolder all crimes, especially sexual based,rise. We do not live in the same day and age and those people who think it could never happen to them and their child who is just walking around the block may want to talk with hundreds of parents involved with Amber Alert. Real people who have not found their kids or find their bodies. There is a time to let your child start becoming more independent,I for one,do not think seven years old is the time to start. The parents were negligient in supervision, and very lucky.
  • by Rod Location: C/S on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    don, real intelligent. I suppose you're a big man since you can name call on a website!
  • by Nikki Location: COS on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    Don, for one, it's more stupid, not 'stupider'. And when I was 7, I was walking my dog alone and even now, I see no problem in it...and I had THREE dogs growing up....
  • by T on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    Well said Don.
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