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March 27, 2013

Girl, 13, reports attempted kidnapping

By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer

A 13-year-old Eastpointe girl told police that a man attempted to abduct her on her way home from school March 25.

Police said the incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. Monday afternoon on Kelly Road and Nine Mile when the Kelly Middle School student was walking home from school.

“I don’t really have a lot, other than the girl’s statement; no one reported seeing anything,” said Lt. Dave Ernatt of the Eastpointe Police Department. “All I know is that the girl stated she was near Papa John’s when a dark-complected black male grabbed her from behind and threw her into the backseat of his car.”

The girl described the car as a gray or silver four-door and as possibly having a black leather interior. In her report to police, she went on to say that the car took off driving in an unknown direction before it slowed down enough and she was able to unlock the door and jump out.

Not knowing where she was after she fled the car, she knocked on the door of a nearby house and asked for help.

“She approached a resident living near Stephens and Cushing and told him what happened, and he called the police,” Ernatt said.

Responding officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle. The girl was not injured in the incident.

“She was pretty upset when the officers arrived, but she did not suffer any physical injuries,” Ernatt said.

Incidents like this are rare in Eastpointe — Ernatt estimated receiving similar reports in the city maybe 2-3 times a year — but still, they do happen and not just in Eastpointe. Ernatt shared a few basic safety tips that he’d like residents to keep in mind.

“Especially young people, but all people, should if at all possible walk in groups, especially at night — it detracts from strangers approaching you,” Ernatt said. “Stay on major roadways and in well-lit and high-traffic areas. Keep aware of your surroundings and always listen to your instincts.

“If you feel funny about something or something seems off, listen to your instinct and go in the other direction, walk into an open store, call a relative or friend to come get you or, by all means, call 911 if you feel you might be in danger. We would rather respond to an incident that is nothing than take a report later on a crime that had happened to you.”

This incident is still under investigation by the Eastpointe Police Department’s Detective Bureau. Anyone who was in the area of Nine Mile and Kelly around 3:45 p.m. March 25 and witnessed anything unusual or has information on the suspect involved is asked to contact the Police Department at (586) 445-5100.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sara Kandel at skandel@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.