Youth sought in abduction attempts

Police say he tried to grab 2 girls in less than 2 hours

April 24, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Police were searching in North Baltimore yesterday for a teen-ager who they say attempted to abduct two girls in less than two hours Thursday evening.

They described the suspect as a black youth about 15 to 17 years old and 5 feet 2 inches tall. He was wearing a long-sleeve dark shirt and blue jeans at the time of the attacks, police said.

Additional officers were patrolling the areas around Greenspring and Yellowood avenues, police said, and officers were going door-to-door seeking information.

Police said the two attacks appear to be isolated incidents.

"We're on this case, and we're not going to stop until we get this guy," said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The first attack occurred about 4:30 p.m. near the elementary-nursery building at the Waldorf School in the 4700 block of Yellowood Ave., police said.

An 8-year-old girl was among about 15 pupils playing outside during the private institution's after-school program, school administrator Larry Snyder said. The girl and other children were kicking a ball when it rolled about 150 feet and landed near benches, he said.

Snyder said the suspect was lurking behind nearby bushes, and Moses said the teen had apparently been listening to the children's conversation. Police said he called the girl by name, grabbed her and covered her mouth.

A teacher on duty noticed that the child was missing and found her and the assailant, causing the teen to release the girl and flee, police and Snyder said.

The teacher "responded so quickly it prevented anything more serious from happening," Snyder said.

The same teen attempted another abduction a few blocks away between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., police said.

He grabbed a 12-year-old girl walking in the 4800 block of Greenspring Ave., Moses said.

The girl fought free, ran to the road and stopped a passing motorist, who took her home, Moses said.

Police are searching for the driver to see if he has any information, Moses said.

Anyone with information is urged to call city police at 410-396-2042.

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