Police search for 2 suspects in 3rd kidnapping attempt this month in west Phoenix

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are asking for the public's help finding two suspects in the third kidnapping attempt this month in west Phoenix.

In the latest incident Thursday, an 11-year-old girl was riding her bike north on 31st Avenue, just north of McDowell Road, when a white van with possible taxi decals, pulled in front of her, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

The victim rode to a nearby friend’s home and the van followed her, Crump said. When a family friend walked toward the van, it left at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the van is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, heavy set, with a thin mustache, tattoos on his biceps, wearing a blue short sleeved shirt.

The passenger is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male in his 30s, with short dark hair and tattoos on his arms.

It is unknown if this incident is related to two separate kidnapping attempts that occurred on Feb. 6 and Feb. 18 in the same area, police said.

The van was described as a white newer model Dodge van with dark tinted windows and possible taxi decals on the back and sides of the vehicle.

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

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