6.18.12 Attempted Abduction W. Liberty St.

26 June 2012 by Det. Lt. Winters

The Lancaster City Bureau of Police are investigating an attempted abduction, which occurred earlier today on 18 June 2012.   At approx. 12:44 PM, a 10 year old Lancaster female was riding her bicycle in the area of the 1st block of W. Liberty Street, when she was approached by an unknown Hispanic male.   The victim reported that the male asked her to come over to him and then tried to grab her.    The victim attempted to flee from the suspect, who began chasing after her.   The victim was able to elude the suspect and made it home safely, at which point her family contacted police.   The victim was not injured during the incident.    

The victim described the suspect as a “young” Hispanic male, with a thin build and approx. 5’7” to 5’9” tall.   The suspect was described as wearing black clothing, including a black hat.   He was believed to be riding a black bicycle, possibly a BMX or mountain bike style.   Detectives are attempting to identify this individual and would like residents to be aware of this incident. 

Detectives from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police are investigating this incident and request that anyone who might have been in the area of the 1st block of W. Liberty Street around the time of the incident who might have seen the suspect to please contact the police. Persons calling with information are asked to contact the Lancaster City Police at 735-3300 or Detective Chris DePatto at 735-3364.   Callers do not have to give their names to provide information.  

As with other cases of this nature, the victim, her family and their address will not be released due to safety concerns for her and her family.   

**THE BUREAU OF POLICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE MEDIA LIMIT WHAT IS PUBLISHED TO THAT WHICH IS ON THIS NEWS RELEASE AND SHOULD THE MEDIA BECOME AWARE OF ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY THE NAMES OF ANY WITNESSES OR LANCASTER RESIDENTS IN THIS CASE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THEY REFRAIN FROM PUBLISHING THAT INFORMATION SO AS NOT TO JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY OF ANYONE NOR THIS ON GOING INVESTIGATION**


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