Avondale police searching for kidnapping suspect

AVONDALE, AZ - Avondale police are still searching for leads in the March 31 abduction of an Avondale teenager.

The 16-year-old girl  was waiting for her school bus around 6:30 a.m. at 108th Avenue and West Roosevelt Parkway when a man in a two-door red pickup came up to her, according to Sgt. Brandon Busse with the Avondale Police Department.

The man brandished a weapon then threatened the girl, forcing her to get into his truck, Busse said.

“I did get up in the morning and I did see the truck turn into the block. It was a red Z-71 and the bottom half was like a grey, maybe a dark green or something. It had a tarp on the back with a lawn mower,” recalls neighbor Larry Fernandez.

At the time, Fernandez just thought the vehicle looked out of place. It wasn’t until the next day he learned the man inside was possibly the same one who took the girl.

Police got a call from a person saying the victim contacted them April 1 saying she had been kidnapped.

Authorities were able to contact the victim who said she was taken from the bus stop and given something to drink, which made her get light-headed and eventually pass out, according to Busse.

She said she woke up and didn’t know where she was, so she walked to a residential area to get help, Busse said.

The kidnapping suspect is described by police as a white man in his mid-30s, weighing 200 to 250 pounds with a blonde mustache and blonde hair on his arms with light brown or green eyes. He was wearing a gray baseball cap, gray shirt, jeans with paint drops on them and dark brown work boots.

If you have any information on the suspect or the older model two-door red pickup, call Avondale police at 623-333-7000 or your local police.

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