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Car Could Be Linked to 3 Reported Kidnapping Attempts

Posted February 19, 2008

— Investigators say a car parked Tuesday afternoon in Wellons Village Shopping Center on Raynor Street at Miami Boulevard matches a description given by young victims of attempted abductions in Durham.

An 11-year-old girl reported she was the victim of two attempts – occurring last week and Tuesday morning – near Landon and Hardee streets at about 7:30 a.m. while she was going to school, police said.

In both attempts, a man driving a bright red car pulled up to the girl and told her to get in the vehicle with him, police said. The girl refused and ran away.

Investigators said another girl has come forward describing a similar experience Tuesday afternoon. That girl's age and the location of the alleged attempted abduction was not released.

The 11-year-old girl described the attempted abductor's car as compact with a blue vanity plate on the front that read “Fear This.” The car had a North Carolina license plate with a possible registration of VMF-7910.

Authorities said the car in the Wellons Village Shopping Center parking lot closely matches the license plate and vanity plate given by the girl.

The man police are looking for is described as Hispanic with a dark complexion and a thin-build. He had no facial hair and he spoke to the girl in Spanish, police said. He appeared to be coming from the Cheek Road area.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to contact investigators at 919-560-4281, ext. 228 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • OnDaRoof Feb 19, 2008

    Elmo, you hit the nail on the head. I wondered that too....

  • blackdog Feb 19, 2008

    ...I wondered the same thing Elmo...

  • Common Sense Man Feb 19, 2008

    I wonder why they didn't "sit up" on it. It's an important enough case to spend the time staking it out.

  • Dido Feb 19, 2008

    If someone tried to take my child once, I would be sure she did not walk alone again. I realize we don't have the whole story, but is it odd to anyone else that she was apparently alone the second time?

  • blackdog Feb 19, 2008

    ...they just found the car matching description. Now, they need to find this person. He is dangerous to attempt this twice. Tell your children, there are boogey people....

  • blackdog Feb 19, 2008

    ...I have to wonder, because of this happening twice, if there is anything to it. I would still look for the car...

  • dukebbfan Feb 19, 2008

    Hope they catch this guy. I hope that if the child told her parents about the first attempt that would have enough sense to not let her walk to the bus stop or to school.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 19, 2008

    I've had this happen to me a LONG time ago, slightly different circumstances and I was 8 years old. I remember the senario as though it were yesterday. Probably the single most frightening experience of my childhood and that was over 30 years ago. I hope they catch this creep before he gets what he wants.

  • tooblessed Feb 19, 2008

    He is either stupid or crazy because if he has been noticed 2x in the same area, he should know someone is looking for him. If his tag says "fear this" it may not be too hard to find (bright red)

  • Godschild43 Feb 19, 2008

    my daughter wonders why i want to know where she is and who her frineds are that she is with.Wonder why i want to know? I WANT TO KNOW SHE IS SAFE.