Suspect sought in 2 attempted abductions

March 13, 2009 8:28:24 PM PDT
Two attempted abductions have put the police and a Delaware County community on lookout for the suspect. There were extra patrols Friday night, as police want to find and talk to the driver of a blue SUV believed to be an older model Dodge Durango.

The driver is described as a white male with facial stubble, thought to be in his 30's, with short brown hair combed straight back.

Police say twice Thursday night, the man tried to get teenaged girls in his vehicle.

The first attempt took place about 9:00 p.m., not far from the intersection of 6th and Spruce Streets.

The girls bolted and the driver drove off.

"For whatever reason, he leaves. We don't know. Somebody walking down the street, he gets spooked or what, he leaves," Chief Robert Smythe of the Darby Police said.

The SUV and driver resurfaced, however, about 30 minutes later a few blocks away.

He zeroed in on a single 14-year-old.

"She notices somebody is following her. The guy beeps horn and says come here, the girl's mother said.

The mother says her daughter took off running.

Police say in the second incident the 14-year-old girl fled on foot, the driver then drove the wrong direction down a one way street. They say the little girl was able to get to her home before the driver could catch up with her.

News of the attempts spread quickly.

"I think what's important now is just making all the neighbors aware of it, because we certainly weren't aware of anything like that taking place at all," Rezephyr Fulton of Yeadon said.

Police want people to take a close look at the vehicle and the man behind the wheel.

The would-be victims described him as belligerent; authorities worry he could do harm.

"It's very possible that he's somewhat unstable, he was drunk, he was on drugs," Chief Smythe said.

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