Attempted kidnapping in Sherman

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Police in Sherman are looking for a man they say tried to kidnap a girl on her way to school.

Police say a nine-year-old girl was on her way to Crutchfield Elementary on Wednesday morning when they say a man driving a white panel van approached her before she ran away.

Police say the girl ran away from the man unharmed, but her grandmother says she saw the van remain in the same spot for awhile, watching the girl run back to her home.

Police tell us the girl's grandmother called authorities.

"There was a delay in the time frame of when they called us, so we didn't have authorities immediately in the area. Once we were notified, we did send officers out there to canvas the area. We have not been able to locate anything at this time. Schools have been notified,” said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department.

Here is the description of the man and the vehicle police are looking for:

-A white panel van with no windows in the back or on the side and there are no markings on the van.

-The suspect is described as a white man in his 50's or 60's having grey hair or blonde highlights.

-The little girl said he sat 'tall in the van,' which may indicate his height.

School officials have been notified and police spent all day Wednesday looking for the suspect.

So far, no arrests have been made.

You are asked to call Sherman Police if you have any information.

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  • by Mom Location: Sherman on Sep 28, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    The sad thing is, this jerk has probably been a predator for quite a while. Maybe it was only kids he knew, and know he's resorted to grabbing one off the street. Just reinforces that we have to talk to our kids and teach them what to do in this situation. One smart and lucky little girl...
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Sep 27, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    Is that fool aware he in the south? People here carry guns... for a reason
  • by JC Location: Denison on Sep 27, 2007 at 12:51 PM
    The sad thing is, unless he incriminates himself or commits some other offense, if he is found he may not be arrested, since thankfully, he never had a chance to commit a crime.
  • by mr bean on Sep 27, 2007 at 12:14 PM
    this blog only post the ones they want to its just bias media
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Sep 27, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    Bias? What is bias about being glad that this child wasn't kidnapped or much worse? mr bean do you have a problem?
  • by mr bean on Sep 27, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    i see this blog is bias
  • by johnny Location: olney,tx. on Sep 27, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    hopefully the police, will catch up with this sick person. parents need too teach there kids too always beaware of strangers, and there surroudings. creeps like this need too stay in jail for a long time. i have three kids, and always look after them. sincerly johnny.
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Sep 27, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    Kudos to child and to the parents and grandparents who taught her to be safe. No, not all people who drive vans are bad, but it's better safe than sorry.
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:25 PM
    I live just 2 blocks from where this happened. I was always very careful with my kids because there are 3 child sex offenders within a 4 block radius of my house. I guess now we'll all have to be just a little more careful. It's a real shame that a kid can't feel safe walking down the road in the day light like I did when I was a kid. Thank goodness her parents raised her to know what to do in a situation like that. I'm proud of that little girl for doing what she did it's not always easy to remember what you should do when you're faced with something like that.
  • by ruben Location: sherman on Sep 26, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    i have lived 2 blocks away from were the incedent happened for about 4 yrs., and i have a 2 yr old daughter and a 18 monthold son... we play in the yard after work and daycare; however, i am sad to say it will be a long time till i can feel safe in/at my own home. it's sad when any parent have to worry about there kids no matter were they are and what age they are.
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