Police seek man in abduction Girl, 10, entered van, then escaped

July 20, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Maryland State Police are investigating a report that a man tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl from her Eldersburg neighborhood at gunpoint Sunday.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told police that she was riding her bicycle near Freedom Avenue and Piney Ridge Drive around 7:30 p.m. when a man driving a white van with sliding doors stopped to ask her for directions.

When she approached the van, the man pulled out a handgun and told the child to get into the vehicle, according to the police report.

The girl told police that she complied with the man's request, investigators reported.

The man drove away with the girl, police said.

When the van stopped less than a mile away at the intersection of Johnsville Road and Route 26, the girl jumped out of the vehicle and ran to a friend's home nearby and telephoned for help, she told police.

State police said they searched the area for the man, but did not find him or the van.

The girl was not injured in the incident.

She described the driver as a heavy-set white man, balding with gray and brown sideburns, investigators said.

The white van had sliding side doors, black seats and a gray interior, the girl told police.

Police are asking anyone who might have any information about the man, the vehicle or the attempted abduction to call the State Police Westminster barracks at 848-3111 or 876-2101.

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