Attempted Kidnapping Near Welcome Elementary School

An attempted abduction near the intersection of South Welcome Road and La Rosa Lane in Greenville was reported by three girls, ages 5, 9, and 10.  The incident occurred as the children were walking home from Welcome Elementary School on Monday.

The suspect, reportedly a stranger to the girls,  pulled up in a car, grabbed one child by the arm, and said in Spanish, “You’re going to be my girls now.”  The girl screamed, broke free, and all three ran home, police were told.

WSPA has a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle:

Suspect Description:

Hispanic male
20-30 years old
Medium height and weight
Black hair
Clean shaven, scar and bump on long nose
Tatto [sic] on right arm of a dragon or snake, a heart and letters ACY
Wearing a blue shirt with a white star in the middle, blue jeans and torn tennis shoes
Wearing a black and white Atlanta Braves hat and sunglasses

Suspect Vehicle: 80’s model light gray Honda Accord 4 door, dent on driver’s door and rear driver’s side door, possible North Carolina tag with the letters ARC, new rims, brown sticker with a partial word “SARY” on the rear glass

The level of detail in this description is stunning to say the least.  Trained law enforcement officers are often unable to provide such precise and vivid detail on suspects. The vehicle description is extraordinarily thorough as well.

Does this pass the smell test?

For some time, the mother of one of the children has been lobbying to have her daughter taken to and from school by bus.  She lives less than a mile and a half from the school, and thus does not qualify.

Could this be a ruse to bolster her argument?

I certainly hope not, but we’ll keep an eye on this story.  In the mean time, if you have any information pertaining to the alleged crime, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 271-5210 or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

[Update - 11/31/09] Click here to view a sketch of the suspect.

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