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Monday, January 9, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are seeking help from citizens in identifying a man who attempted to kidnap a 9-year-old girl at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6 while the girl played with friends outside her residence at a mobile home park on Charleston Highway near West Columbia.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the man stopped his motor vehicle, exited the vehicle and grabbed the 9-year-old girl in order to try to pull the girl inside his vehicle. At the time of the incident, the girl was outside her home at 3941 Charleston Highway. The 9-year-old girl’s mother reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department.

A friend of the 9-year-old girl began screaming when the man grabbed the 9-year-old girl, Metts said. The man then let go of the 9-year-old girl, entered his motor vehicle and drove away.

Witnesses told deputies that the man who tried to kidnap the 9-year-old girl was in his 30s or 40s, Metts said. Witnesses told deputies that the man was either white or Hispanic, with lightly colored skin. The man was between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot and weighed between 170 pounds and 190 pounds. The man had dark hair, with a crew-cut haircut.

At the time of the attempted kidnapping, witnesses told deputies that it appeared that the man had not shaven recently, Metts said. The man was wearing eyeglasses or reading glasses. The man also was wearing a black jacket and dark colored blue jeans.

Witnesses told deputies that the man was driving a four-door, older model sedan that was gray or blue, Metts said. The front driver’s side window of the sedan had tape on it, possibly indicating that the window might be damaged. The paint on the body of the sedan appeared to be chipped or faded. The vehicle’s rear passenger seat was packed full with boxes and other items.

Metts asked anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping, the man who tried to kidnap the 9-year-old girl or the car that the man was driving to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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