Second Kidnapping Attempt Reported near Memphis School

Second Kidnapping Attempt Reported near Memphis School

The first kidnapping attempt was mid-December, the second Wednesday morning. Both involved girls walking down the street who were both grabbed in the same way.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Another attempted kidnapping has been reported near a Memphis school. It's the second one in a month near Wooddale High and Middle schools.

A female barely escaped Wednesday morning after being grabbed and attacked. The suspect took off and police are on the lookout, so are Parkway Village residents.

The first kidnapping attempt was in mid-December. Both involved girls walking down the street who were both grabbed in the same way. Both times the suspect escaped. Neighbors believe predators are targeting the area.

"I don't feel safe walking home anymore," says student Osarugue Otebele.

Wooddale students are being warned to watch who's around them.

"They talked about safety and what we should do if something like that happens," she tells abc24.com.

"I'm really surprised this happened at 7:30 am," says neighbor John Gaines.

Around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, a female reported an attempted kidnapping on Wooddale at Castleman.

"There's a big police presence in the mornings and when school lets out," Gaines says.

The victim tells police she was walking when a man got out of a parked navy blue Ford Mustang, grabbed her arm and tried to pull her into the car. The victim scratched the suspect in the face and he took off.

"You can make a quick exit getting to Winchester or a quick exit to Knight Arnold," Gaines adds.

The girl reported the crime to staff at Wooddale High. Police aren't releasing much about her, but say the suspect is a black man about 6'1".

This isn't the first attempted abduction in the area or the first time a suspect has escaped.

In mid-December a man tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl on the same road. The teen described a similar scene, telling officers a black male stopped his car, got out and grabbed her.

Those scared then are left wondering what it will take to stop the attacks.

"I'm going to stop walking home by myself and walk with a group of people so in case something happens somebody can protect us," Otebele says.

Police aren't saying if the two attempted abductions are related.

Anyone with information on either incident should call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274). You can also submit your tip at 528cash.org, or text the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward.
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