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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Man Tries to Abduct Palo Alto Girl


Palo Alto police are looking for a man that
tried to grab an 11 year-old girl at about 5PM
on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The girl described
the man as white, in his 30's, 5'9" to 6" tall,
and 140 to 160 lbs. The man had light colored
hair that was either receding or balding. The
man was wearing eyeglasses and a puffy blue
jacket at time of incident.



Palo Alto, CA - Police are looking for a man who tried to grab an 11-year-old girl and then threatened to kidnap her.

The incident was reported to police just after 5:35 p.m. Monday. The girl had been riding her bicycle southbound on the 1600 block of Emerson Street about 20 minutes earlier, when she encountered the man.

After standing in the street and glaring at her, he walked to the west sidewalk and started cursing at her, police said.

When she was about 10 feet from him, he stepped off the sidewalk and tried to grab her right arm as she rode past, police said. The girl told police she screamed and peddled faster. Police said the man did not try to follow her but yelled that he was going to kidnap her.

The girl told her parents about the encounter and they called police. Officers searched the area but could not find the man or any witnesses.

The girl described the man as white, in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, and 140 to 160 pounds. He had light-colored hair and was either balding or had a receding hairline. He was wearing eyeglasses and a puffy blue jacket.

The girl said she last saw the man running northbound on Emerson Street.

In response to the incident, officers and detectives have increased marked and unmarked patrols in the area. Police said they have not received any reports of similar incidents elsewhere in the city.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can text or call 650-383-8984, or email paloalto@tipnow.org.

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