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Home  |  News  |  Sketch Released of Kidnapping Suspect

Sketch Released of Kidnapping Suspect
Friday, January 13, 2012

 
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - On Wednesday, investigators released a sketch of a man they say tried to kidnap a pair of 13-year-old females and a nine-year-old girl at a Charleston Highway mobile home park on January 6.

Deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said a forensic artist with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division created the sketch of the white or Hispanic man believed to be in his 30s. Previous Coverage: Neighborhood Shaken After 3 Attempted Kidnappings

"The artist prepared the sketch based on physical descriptions of the man that were provided by witnesses," said Sheriff James Metts in a Wednesday news release.

Investigators say the man tried to take the children while they were playing outside their residences on the Charleston Highway near West Columbia.

Deputies say he stopped his car, an older model four-door sedan that was blue or grey, and talked with the two teens and "entice the two girls to get into his vehicle." That's when deputies say the teenagers refused to get inside.

Investigators say the suspect then drove his car to a playground at the mobile home park, where the nine-year-old victim was playing with friends outside of her home. Deputies say the man walked out of his car and grabbed a nine-year-old girl in an effort to pull her inside the vehicle.

One of the girl's friends screamed when the man grabbed the nine-year-old, and he dropped the girl and drove away, according to investigators. That's when the victim's mother reported the incident to deputies.

The suspect is believed to be about 5'10" to 6' in height, and weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. The man was wearing eyeglasses, a black jacket and dark colored blue jeans, according to witnesses.

The suspect's vehicle is said to have tape of the driver's side window, and the car's paint is old, chipped and faded. Investigators say the rear passenger seat was carrying boxes and other items.

If you can help find the suspect, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/167761/28/Sketch-Released-of-Kidnapping-Suspect

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