LAWTON, Okla._ Tonight we have the description of the would-be kidnapper that Lawton police say made two tries at abducting two little girls.
Both attempts happened on the same night, Oct. 16, a few miles apart. The first happened in a northwest neighborhood on Lindy Ave. The second, on the south side on Texas Ave. near 12th Street. In both cases the girls were 11-years- old and both times the suspect tried to lure the girls into his vehicle. Police have amped up patrol just in time for Halloween.
They have not yet identified the man, but police say he is of dark complexion. On the night of the crimes he was driving a red, four-door vehicle with tinted windows.
"There was a guy hunched over this girl, and she was screaming," said eyewitness Darlene Satepauhoodle. "She was on the ground and he was trying to pick her up and drag her to his car."
The little 11-year-old girl is Satepauhoodle's daughter's best friend. And as she walked home from a nearby convenience store just a few hundreds yards away and into her neighborhood, the man got out of his vehicle.
"She heard somebody running up behind her and that's when he nabbed her up, and she just dropped all her weight to the ground and started screaming," said Satepauhoodle.
The other incident on the north side of town occurred at an apartment complex on the 2100 block of Lindy Ave. An eight-year-old boy and another 11-year-old girl were outside tossing a football around there when the man pulled up in his car.
"The guy came up and approached them once and then he came back and approached them a second time around (and) asked them to get closer to his vehicle," said Nikki Lange, the mother of the young boy.
That's when Lacey Smith's daughter hit the suspect with her scooter and then the two youngsters ran back to the apartment. No one witnessed that incident, but Smith's daughter is now left with fear of stepping outside the apartment.
"When it first happened, she wasn't sleeping, she was crying, every noise she heard she was awake," said Smith. "It's been rough on her."
No arrests have been made but police say they have a few leads.