University of Virginia police are investigating a reported attempted abduction. Police say an 11-year-old girl said she was walking into her home Monday afternoon when a man grabbed her from behind.
It happened around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Massie Road and Farrish Circle. The victim reported that after she was grabbed from behind, she was held against a wall before the man fled.
UVA police are now asking for help.
Lieutenant Melissa Fielding with the UVA Police Department stated, “I think 4:30 in the afternoon is a busy time around here. If somebody has information they think might be valuable, no matter how small or insignificant they feel it is, if they would call or email us or reach out to Crime Stoppers that would be helpful.”
Police don't have a description, but say the man may have been wearing a black shirt or jacket at the time. Anyone with any information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
University of Virginia Police Department Press Release:
At 11:30 p.m. on May 12, 2014, the University of Virginia Police Department responded to a report of an attempted abduction that occurred near Massie Road and Farrish Circle.
An eleven year old victim reported that she was grabbed from behind as she was attempting to enter her residence at approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 12, 2014.
The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction after grabbing her and holding her against a wall. At the time of the incident the suspect may have been wearing a black shirt or jacket. No further description is available.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the University Police at 434-924-7166 or email@example.com or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
The tips noted below will help families keep children safer:
- Instruct your children to always take a friend when going places and stay with a group while attending school outings and/or standing at a bus stop.
- Help your children to become familiar with your neighborhood by pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they are being followed or need help.
- Always supervise your children or make sure there is another trusted adult present to supervise them if you cannot.
- Teach your children to always take the appropriate steps if approached or followed. If anyone tries to grab your children, tell them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father/mother.” Instruct your child to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.
- Tell your children if they are ever followed by someone to get away from that person as quickly as possible. They should go in the opposite direction than the one in which the person is traveling and quickly try to get to a spot where a trusted adult can help them.
- Advise your children to tell you or another trusted adult what happened.
- Talk openly with your children about safety and encourage them to tell you or another trusted adult if anyone or anything makes them feel sad, scared or confused. Teach them it is OK to tell you what happened.
- Call 911 immediately to report suspicious or criminal behavior to police.