Suspect sought after attempted child abduction
LOUISVILLE, KY (Fox 41 WDRB) -- "My daughter called me on the phone asking if I heard about it," said Tony Towns, a resident at the McArthur Park Apartments. He couldn't believe the wake-up call he got this morning with the news a boy at his apartment complex had been abducted.
"There's a lot of kids that play out here," says Town. "A lot of kids."
But police say an 11-year-old wasn't playing Sunday night, but instead taking trash to the dumpster. "He was simply doing his chores at the time," says LMPD Spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
Detectives say a man in his late 20's driving a black four-door car approached the boy just before seven o'clock. The suspect got out of the vehicle and quietly and quickly grabbed the 11-year-old and put him in the back seat. The man then headed west on Breckenridge Lane and then north on Bardstown Road.
Police say the suspect stopped at the corner of Bardstown Road and Fegenbush Lane. His young victim decided to take advantage of the opportunity and made a quick decision that might have saved his life.
"The child at that point was able to get out to the vehicle," says Mitchell. "I think the young man did a very courageous thing and fortunate enough for him, he was able to have the wherewithal to find a place and people that were able to call for help."
Metro police say abductions are rare, but believe the victim's story is credible. In this case the boy doesn't know the suspected kidnapper, but he was able to describe him as a bi-racial male, approximately 5'8" tall. He's in his late 20's. The suspect was last seen wearing a red ball cap, white long sleeved shirt, and blue jeans driving a black four door vehicle.
"You can't put your guard down," says Town. "You think it won't happen to you, but you'd be surprised."
In the meantime, Town says he'll be watching the neighborhood kids more closely. "Oh yeah, I'm definitely going to be more vigilant," says Town. "I'm kind of worried about the kids to be out here now."
Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating. Anyone with any information please call Louisville Metro Police or 574-LMPD.