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Garden District boosts police patrols

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BATON ROUGE - After an attempted kidnapping on Terrace Boulevard in the Garden District, members of the civic association there are increasing police patrols to stem possible crimes.

The 11-year-old girl was attacked by a man who stalked her near her home, but was able to escape with just a few scrapes according to her father.

Within hours of the attack, the Garden District Civic Association authorized additional hours for police units in the neighborhood.

"We have a certain amount of money to increase patrols to ameliorate the uptick in crime and attempt to catch the perpetrators," said Ray Mack, a member of the association.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the crime, but pleased more police will be made available, even though not every resident pays into the association.

"I think it is effective, I certainly wish there were more patrols, but I think the civic association does everything it can with the budget that they do have, it's voluntary right now and everyone chips in, it does help to keep the neighborhood safer, it's a good thing in my opinion, and it does help," said Patrick Alderman, who lives in the Garden District.

Police are still searching for the accused kidnapper, who they said was seen in a white four-door car with black trim. He was described as a black male wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and black shoes.

If you have information contact the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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