Thorsby PD looking for suspicious person

Published 6:42 pm Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Thorsby Police Department is looking for a man who was involved Thursday in an apparent attempted kidnap.

Between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Iowa Avenue near Collins Street, three young females were out playing when a stranger rode by the girls in a vehicle and circled the street several times.

The car finally parked between two sheds in one of the girl’s parents’ driveway. The driver asked the 9-year-old girl to approach him and proceeded to get out of his car as he asked several more times.

The little girl ran to her aunt’s home nearby.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic, short-haired male with a medium muscular build. He was driving a newer model teal blue Mustang.

“I give kudos to the teachers at Thorsby High School for their S.K.I.P. (Safeguarding Kids As Priority) Program,” said Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett. “The child was in the third grade teacher’s room who taught the S.K.I.P. program, and for those reasons I think it empowered her with the knowledge that adults don’t need to ask children for directions or info.”

When school lets out for the summer and children are out and about, it’s good timing for the program, Barnett said.

The driver was described as being 20 to 30 years of age, having a tattoo on his left arm, a mole on the left side of his face by his cheekbone and wearing black sunglasses.

The Mustang was a year 2000 or newer model with an Alabama license plate. The vehicle had clear Euro taillights and a dent in the driver’s door or quarter panel.

“Parents need to be aware,” said Barnett.

Anyone with any knowledge about the situation is asked to call the Thorsby Police Department at 646-3575.

“If no one answers, please leave a message, and the calls can be made anonymously,” said Barnett. “We want to bring this person in and ask him some questions. We don’t want a kid to get abducted anywhere.”