North Phoenix moms rescue daughters targeted by kidnapper wanting them for sex

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 21:03:27-04

A man trying to kidnap young girls for sex was stopped by two mothers in north Phoenix who were able to rescue their daughters last weekend.

Court records show that on June 11, a man walked through an apartment complex near 19th and Glendale avenues and grabbed two girls in separate incidents, then went after another mother saying he wanted to have sex with her 10-year-old daughter.

Police report that around 9:45 p.m., Samuel Sharty, 22,  grabbed an 8-year-old girl as she was walking through the complex with her 3-year-old sister.

Sharty allegedly picked up the girl and ran about 100 yards with her, and the girl screamed, but Sharty covered her mouth. He stopped, set her down and then released her after he heard her say, "she didn't want to die."

The girl ran to a neighbor who called police.

Meanwhile, Sharty reportedly grabbed another girl, this time a 5-year-old who was walking with her teenage cousin. The cousin ran and got the girl's mother, who came out and grabbed her daughter getting into a 'tug of war' with Sharty over the girl.

The mother managed to get her daughter way from Sharty and run away.

Sharty then, allegedly, turned his sights to a woman in a car with three children inside. Sharty banged on the car and broke the windshield, as he told the mother that he wanted to have sex with her 10-year-old daughter.

The mother put the car in reverse and pulled away. Sharty gave chase but then ran away when the police arrived. An officer tackled him and he was arrested.

Sharty has been charged with kidnapping and criminal damage.