Police search for would-be abductors | TheUnion.com

Police search for would-be abductors

No arrests have been made in the days since two men reportedly tried to abduct a 9-year-old from outside a Grass Valley school, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Jeff Powell said Friday that authorities had no clear suspects in the incident outside Lyman Gilmore Middle School, but they do have a few individuals they are interested in “making contact with” based on descriptions given by the girl. The public has called in a few tips as well, Powell said.

“What we are working on are photographs that we have obtained from our system,” he said.

The girl, who is a student at Scotten Elementary School but has a sister in the middle school, was waiting outside Lyman Gilmore at 5:45 p.m. for her parents to pick her up when she was allegedly approached by two men in a faded green Chevrolet asking if she needed a ride. When she said no, one of the men tried to grab her and she ran inside, she told authorities.

Deputies interviewed the witnesses and the victim for a second time and the “stories are very much the same; the victim is very believable,” Powell said. He also said that other Lyman Gilmore students reported seeing the car around the school recently.

One man was described as being white with dark skin with a blond and red mohawk, and a tattoo of a clown with blood dripping down its face on his upper right arm. The second man was described as white, about 6-feet tall, with green or blue eyes and having a mole under his nose. The girl said this second man, who was the one who grabbed her, was wearing a red jacket, dark blue pants and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 265-1471.

The last attempted kidnapping in the county occurred about a year ago, Powell said. It was a “male-female combo” who had tried to entice people into a white van on at least three separate occasions, he said.

Powell said the two were never apprehended.

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