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Phoenix police seek man wanted for trying to kidnap 11-year-old girl

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PHOENIX — Authorities are searching for a man suspected of attempting to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in north Phoenix last week.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man approached the girl from behind while she was walking to school around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The man allegedly grabbed the girl’s right arm and pulled it behind her back and placed his other arm over her face.

A witness approached the suspect, knocked him down, pointed a handgun at him and told him to leave the girl alone, Thompson said.

The principal at Village Meadows Elementary School, located near Union Hills Drive and 19th Avenue, sent a letter home Monday to let parents know about the incident.

The suspect, described as a black male with green eyes and a stud-style nose ring in his left nostril, was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt while running westbound on Morningside Drive near 22nd Avenue.

Police said the child did not know the man.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-534-2121 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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