Posted: Sep 3, 2013 5:37 PM by Russell Jones, Adrian Pittman
Updated: Sep 3, 2013 6:45 PM
Source: Baker Police Department
BAKER - Parents are on high alert in Baker after a man tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home from the library.
Police said the teen was ambushed and the man tried throwing her in the vehicle but she broke free and took off. This happened on Jefferson Street near Alabama Street.
Investigators said the man was driving a silver older model SUV with "RODEO" written on the back window.
Parents in the area are concerned because their kids walk home on that street.
"It does scare me because my son is in the band in Baker. He's on the road traveling and he goes back and forth and walks to school,"said Wanda Hayes.
All day police patrolled the area hoping to find the man or clues that could possibly lead them to him. Chief Mike Knaps said he also doesn't believe the man is from the area.
"This guy is a predator and predators really don't care what zone their in. When they get focused on the face they're ready to do something. They're ready to do it. Doesn't matter when, where, or how," said Knaps.
Other police agencies are assisting with the search, including State Police. Anyone with information about the man's identity should call the Baker Police Department at (225) 775-6000.