PD: 2 girls nearly kidnapped in Phoenix, police not sure if cases are linked

PHOENIX - Police are asking for any tips related to two separate attempted kidnappings of girls from their homes in West Phoenix.

Police say a Hispanic male around 30 to 40 years old with short black hair, a pierced nose and a tattoo of a snake on his right arm is a possible suspect in attempted kidnappings on Feb. 6 and 18.

On Feb. 6, the man forced a 14-year-old girl into the front seat of a vehicle in front of her home near McDowell Road and 38th Avenue. After driving for a short distance, the girl was let out of the vehicle, police say. The girl was able to help detectives with a sketch of the kidnapper.

On Feb. 18, the suspect tried to force an 11-year-old female into a vehicle while she was outside her house near 28th Avenue and Granada Road. The vehicle did not match the description of the one used during the previous kidnapping attempt, police say. But after the girl helped police compose a sketch, there were similarities between the suspects’ appearances in both cases, according to police.

Police say neither victim was injured during the attack, but one girl did say she saw a gun in the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicle in the first case is described as a 4-door passenger car with dark tinted windows similar to a Ford Taurus. The second vehicle was a dark green older minivan with dark windows with scratches on the hood and a sticker in the back window. The van also has white numbers 1-10 and 1-20 on both sides, officials say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department’s Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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