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Fayetteville Police Search For Suspect In Abduction, Assault of Girl

Posted August 23, 2001

— An 8-year-old child was attacked Wednesday in Fayetteville. Police say the girl was taken from her bus stop and sexually assaulted.

Early this morning, when just two children were waiting for the bus, police say a man in a black car with a red stripe and a loud muffler abducted the child.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing army fatigues.

Because of the very detailed subscription the victim gave the police, the police are considering whether the suspect is a soldier. Since the suspect was wearing fatigues, the police are working with military police in the case.

Twenty minutes after being abducted, the third-grader was dropped off less than a half-mile away on Ruritan Drive.

After school Wednesday, an anxious parent waited for her 7-year-old daughter at the bus stop.

"I'm scared. This is the first year my daughter has taken the bus home. I don't know if I'm going to let her," said Delores Flores.

School system leaders sent home notes with all students today, not just from the girl's school, Morgan Elementary, but with students from all schools in the area.

"We want to make sure all students are safe in our system, and once have an incident anywhere and you see a way to make it safe for all our children, then you send a note to everyone, just as a precaution," said School Security Coordinator Dr. John Goldbolt.

Shirley McNair remembered seeing an older black car driving through the neighborhood Wednesday morning. She thought it was suspicious, but she said the driver was gone when she walked her kids to the bus stop.

"It lets me know I did the right thing, walkng my boys to the bus stop. I don't go inside until that bus passes my house and I have contact with the driver," said McNair.

Godbolt offers these safety tips for parents:

  • use a buddy system
  • have a parent or older student wait with your child
  • send your child to the bus stop close to the time the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • report suspicious vehicles in the neighborhood to police.
  • Anyone with information should call Fayetteville Police at 910-433-1856 or CrimeStoppers at 910-483-8477.


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