Buckeye PD: Suspect attempted to abduct girl on her way home from school

BUCKEYE, AZ - Buckeye police have released a sketch in hopes of finding a man suspected of attempting to abduct a young girl on Thursday.

According to Buckeye police, the female juvenile was walking home from school near 5th Street and Centre Avenue around 4:30 p.m. when she was approached by a suspect with a bandana covering the lower half of his face.

The suspect pulled up to the victim in an older model dark blue four-door sedan with a dent in the driver’s door.

Police say the suspect called to the victim to get into the car but the girl said “no” and began to walk away.

The suspect stopped the car, got out and started running after the victim, police say.

The girl ran away and the chase went on for about a block before she was able to hide behind some bushes at an abandoned house.

Police say when the suspect left the area the girl went home and told her parents what had happened.

The mother called police and officers searched the area and went door-to-door with no leads obtained, according to officials.

The victim was able to give enough of a description for a Buckeye police sketch artist to create a composite sketch.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his early 40s to early 50s, wearing gray pants, black jacket and black hat.

Anyone who thinks they recognize the man in the sketch is asked to call Det. Joe Preston at 623-349-6400.

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