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Cumberland County Girl Abducted on Way to School

Posted April 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Police in Cumberland County have advised children to walk straight home from school Tuesday after a man abducted and attempted to rape an 11-year-old Benjamin Martin Elementary School student Monday.

Parents and children are taking a new look at what just yesterday was an innocent walk to school. First-grader Tavienne Sanders says he was scared on the way to school Tuesday.

Most parents whose children walk to the school each day made other plans for transportation Tuesday. Tamara Payton says she wasn't taking any chances on letting her children walk alone.

The neighborhood watch has increased its patrols since the abduction, and, like many parents, Lisa Savage was there to meet her two children after school

The girl was kidnapped while walking to school on Amberly Way Lane in the LaGrange Park subdivision, just off Reilly Road. The girl was not seriously physically hurt during the abduction.

Sheriff Moose Butler said the man pulled the girl into his car and drove her to a nearby wooded area. After the attempted rape, the man drove the girl back to the school where he dropped her off.

The student told adults at the school what had happened and she was taken to Womack Army Medical Center.

The assailant is being described by police as a black man, between 25 and 30 years old. He was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and blue Nike tennis shoes at the time of the abduction. The car he was driving was a light colored unknown model.

Until the suspect is caught, parents say they will find very little peace in what was once an ordinary walk home.