Attempted abduction reported in St. Ann

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ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) – St. Ann police are investigating an attempted abduction.

Parents are nervous after what happened to a girl walking to school Thursday morning. Ashley Williams has three children and lives in the neighborhood where it happened.

“I’m totally shocked. I am totally shocked because this is a real nice neighborhood,” Williams said.

St. Ann detectives said a 13-year-old girl was walking to school in the neighborhood when a man pulled up and offered her candy.

“At first she said no and he was persistent on her taking some candy from him to the point she finally got scared and she ran to a relative’s house and called police,” said Lt. Dan Cowsert, St. Ann Police Department. “Ultimately, we believe his goal was to get her in his vehicle and from there, whatever his plans were, we do not know.”

The young girl was walking to Hoech Middle School. After interviewing her, police took her to school. The incident happened near Shamrock and Williams lanes, near the borders of the Pattonville and Ritenour school districts.

“I think it’s very worrisome. I think it’s awful. …Really fear for their parents and that kind of things that’s horrible,” said Kelley Rutherford, who lives in the neighborhood.

Officials in both school districts sent home letters telling parents what happened and advising them to go over stranger danger rules with their children. Meanwhile, Lt. Cowsert commends the 13-year-old girl for her actions.

“She did exactly what she’s supposed to do,” he said.

The suspect is described as an African-American man in his late teens or early 20s, bald or with a short haircut, and police said he white splotches on his skin. The vehicle was a newer model and grey.