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Police investigate three attempted abductions over the last two weeks

Case #10-4734/10-4560/10-2187

Anchorage Police responded to the report of an attempted abduction this morning (Jan. 29) in the area of Fireoved Drive and Chena Avenue.

Around 7:45 this morning, an 11-year-old girl was walking to the bus stop from her home on the 5300 block of Taku Drive. The victim indicated that while she was walking, a man in a dark colored vehicle told her there was a moose in the area and offered to give her a ride which she declined; the girl indicated she continued walking when she believes the suspect accelerated and struck her in the back knocking her to the ground. The suspect got out of his vehicle and offered to give her a ride to the hospital where he said he worked. The victim got up and ran back to her home.

The victim described the suspect as a tall light-skinned black male between 18-20 years old, driving a dark colored smaller size SUV with no tire on the back, tinted windows, but no other distinguishing marks.

Police responded to a similar incident yesterday (Jan. 28) around 8:45 a.m. where a 10-year-old girl was walking to Ptarmigan Elementary School with a friend when she believes she was struck in the head by either a vehicle or person in the area of 8th Avenue and Edward Street. The girl indicated the suspect then offered to give her a ride to the school and she got into the vehicle. The victim then became scared as they were passing by her elementary school and she started screaming. The suspect let her out of the vehicle.  At this point, the young girl's aunt was driving in the area when she noticed her niece crying; she picked the girl up and returned to the girl's home on the 6600 block of East 8th Avenue.

Ptarmigan School officials reported that a young boy entered the school and reported seeing someone get hit. The young boy did not have any other information and could not provide a suspect or vehicle description to police.

The victim in yesterday's incident described the suspect as a black male in his late teens to 20's with facial hair wearing a gray hoodie and driving a dark colored SUV.

In yet another similar incident, on January 14, 2010, just before 8:30 a.m. a 10-year-old girl was walking to Creekside Park Elementary School when she says she was struck by a vehicle. The girl states that the suspect offered to give her a ride which she declined. The victim described the suspect as a black male driving a dark colored SUV.

Police searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating a suspect or vehicle matching the description given by the girls in either incident. Police are asking anyone with information about either of these incidents to contact them at 786-8900. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, persons can also contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit their tip on their secure website at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

Police and the school district ask parents to talk with their children about incidents such as these. Remind your children to always be aware of their surroundings, whenever possible walk with a buddy as there is safety in numbers, never get in a vehicle with someone they don't know and never approach a vehicle driven by a person unknown to them.

Superintendent Carol Comeau stated, "We are extremely concerned about these incidents, as we have repeatedly stressed the importance of safe walking procedures to our students. We are working closely with APD and ask anyone who has observed these or any similar incidents to contact APD or their school immediately."

There will be a press conference today at 11:30 a.m. at the Anchorage School District Headquarters at 5530 East Northern Lights in the Atrium reference these incidents.

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