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June 14, 2013

Search goes on for two men who tried to abduct 9-year-old

Police also looking for men who made come-ons to tweens

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

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Search goes on for two men who tried to abduct 9-year-old
Police provided this surveillance camera photo of a red pickup truck, the driver of which tried to pick up a 9-year-old girl in the 1700 block of Huntington. The incident occurred June 1, and at press time, the search continued. If you have any information on this incident, call Madison Police at (248) 585-2100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and result in cash rewards.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Authorities in Madison Heights are reminding parents to teach their children about multiple “stranger-dangers,” in light of an incident where a young girl was in danger of abduction, and another incident where some men were following tweens.

Police are still searching for the suspects in two separate cases that occurred within a couple of hours on the same day. They appear to be different groups of men, who targeted different girls in different parts of the city.

Both incidents occurred June 1. The first incident occurred around 5:20 p.m., in the 1700 block of Huntington, a neighborhood north of 12 Mile and just east of Campbell.

A 9-year-old girl who lives in the area was riding her scooter on the sidewalk adjacent to Spoon, when two men allegedly approached in a red pickup truck with a lawnmower in the bed.

According to the girl, the vehicle was driven by a white man in his thirties, with facial hair — possibly a goatee. She was able to get a description of his clothes: gray shirt, tan shorts and a dark baseball cap, possibly black in color. Someone else was sitting next to the driver. The driver allegedly told the girl, “Get in the back of my car, kid.” The girl immediately ran to her house to tell her grandfather what had transpired.

“The child acted appropriately and went and notified an adult,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson.

A glimpse of the suspect vehicle was caught on a closed-circuit surveillance video some neighbors had set up on their residence.

“It’s become more affordable, so more people are now implementing (closed-circuit surveillance video) for their own security,” Anderson said.

The other incident occurred two hours later, in the area of Lincoln and Wolverine. Three girls, ages 11 to 12, were walking away from a party store when a group of men followed them in their vehicle, honking their horn and calling out to them.  The vehicle was described as a possible Dodge, dark in color, with a missing front bumper and grill.

The girls got a description of the two men in the front of the vehicle; there may have been more in the back. The driver was described as a white male with short blonde hair, about 18 years of age. The person next to him was an older white male with a beard, although no specific hair color was noted. Witnesses said the suspects were “staring at the girls intently,” Anderson said.

“Some citizens saw what was going on, stepped in and told the girls to go home. The men then drove away,” Anderson said. “We have leads on this, and we’re following up on them. … As we all know, we must educate our children about stranger-dangers at a very young age.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.