Suspect Sought in Kidnapping Attempt

On Tuesday early evening, a frightening attempt kidnapping occurred on Dumbarton St. just west of Rose Park. As described by the MPD release:

At approximately 4:55 pm, the suspect grabbed a juvenile victim and attempted to lure them away from the listed location. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

The suspect in this case is described as a white female who is approximately 30-40 years old, 5’7”- 5’8” in height and has blonde hair which is in a Mohawk hairstyle. She was last seen running Eastbound on Dumbarton Street, Northwest, wearing a white coat.

A surveillance camera caught the above photo of the suspect. If you see her, call 911 immediately. She apparently has a distinctive hair cut, with the sides shaved close and blonde hair on top.

A more detailed description of the attempted kidnapping was circulated among the community. Apparently the child, who is 6 years old, was leaving her nanny’s car to enter her home when the woman attempted to grab her. She told the child that she had cotton candy and that she knew her. The child escaped and ran to her house. The nanny also started shouting at the woman, who then ran away east into Rose Park.

This is pretty much the exact sort of thing that keeps parents up at night. And it appears to be also an incredibly rare example of a stranger-attempted child abduction. They represent one hundredth of one percent of all child abductions. That is of course little comfort for the family, or the rest of the community. Everyone will be a little more cautious, at least until this disturbed woman is apprehended.

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