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Police seek suspect in attempted kidnapping

Henderson police are searching for a man who tried to kidnap a girl Sunday morning.

According to police, a 6-year-old girl was playing near the baseball fields at Mountain View Park on Wigwam Parkway about 11:30 a.m. while her father was coaching practice.

The girl was confronted by the man as she was leaving a bathroom. Police say the man spoke to her, grabbed her and tried to muffle her screams by covering her mouth. The girl screamed for help, which prompted him to let her go and flee.

“I can think of no greater nightmare for parents than something to happen to their children. We are working hard to find the suspect,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said.

The man was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches, between 190 and 250 pounds with short, blond hair and green or blue eyes.

The man left the scene in an faded red, older, two-door Volkswagen.

Police said the girl followed safety tips, and they have these recommendations for parents to talk with their children about being wary of strangers:

■ Never approach a vehicle. Tell parents or a trusted adult if they see a vehicle following them.

■ Avoid falling for ploys, such as helping a stranger look for his lost pet or looking for directions.

■ Run away yelling loudly that they are being kidnapped.

■ Always report anything suspicious, such as a person sitting in a car watching a playground, park or school.

Police also recommend that parents role-play with their children so they know how to react in the situation.

Anyone with any information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4750 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Contact reporter Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0264.

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