Girl Breaks Free From Abductor
POLICE patrols have increased in Brisbane's western suburbs after a
man tried to abduct a seven-year-old girl at Toowong on Monday.
West Brisbane District's Detective Inspector Tony Cross said yesterday that
extra crews had been deployed soon after the 6.30pm attack.
He said the girl had been playing alone on a footpath outside her home, near
Toowong State Primary School, when the man approached and offered her
sweets. Insp Cross said the girl rejected the offer but as she turned to walk
back inside, the man grabbed her by both arms.
She broke free, ran into the house and her parents alerted the police.
Insp Cross said the girl wasn't injured but had been mentally scarred.
"She is to be commended for not accepting the lollies from the offender," he
"She hasn't been injured but she does have some superficial scratches and
no doubt she is traumatised by the event."
Insp Cross said police were treating the matter very seriously amid concerns
about copycat offenders.
"We've door-knocked the entire area - the immediate area and surrounds -
and we've conducted checks with retailers for the sale of confectionary," he
said. "We've also taken away clothing for scientific examination and we've
spoken at length with the Indooroopilly Juvenile Aid Bureau.
"Officers have also spoken at length with the girl."
Insp Cross said the man, who left the scene by unknown means, was
described as Caucasian, aged in his 20s, about 180cm tall with a medium
build, chocolate-brown hair and a well-kept beard with no moustache.
He also had a skull and crossbones tattoo on the back of his left hand, and
was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt or coat, black jeans and black shoes
with red stitching.
Insp Cross said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
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