‘You never expect this to happen.’ Police search for person attempting to kidnap girl in south Charlotte

Police searching for attempted kidnapper in south Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are asking the public for help finding an attempted kidnapper in south Charlotte.

Officers say a person driving a charcoal gray Toyota Scion was seen approaching a juvenile girl around 11 a.m. Sunday on Thermal Road.

The car pulled up beside her and the person inside the car threatened to hurt her if she did not get into the car, according to police.

The girl ran away.

Police said the car was last seen on Monroe Road near Idlewild Road.

Now neighbors in the area are worried since there are many kids in the neighborhood. There’s also a school bus stop across the street and down the street is a headquarters campus for a youth program.

”We never hear anything like this is going on, no shootings, no stealing anything, it’s a really quiet neighborhood,” said Jacqueline Evora, who’s lived in the neighborhood for more than 16 years.

But all of a sudden, she’s seen a lot more police officers on the streets after an attempted kidnapping.

“Anything can happen at any moment. You never expect to this to happen,” she said.

”You hear about things like that but you don’t think it’s going to be right in your neighborhood,” said Summer Savin, another neighbor. ““There are a lot of kids that live here, a lot of neighbors with small children, that way and that way.”

Because of that, families are anxious for the driver to be found. Some are even second guessing their kid’s short walk from the bus stop.

”My niece gets off the bus and sometimes we get worried because sometimes she has to walk from there to here. And now we hear about this we are extremely worried,” said Evora.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Bowers at 704-336-4185. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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