Man tries to abduct 11-year-old girl in Kenny neighborhood


Police are looking for a man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl in South Minneapolis Monday while she was walking home from school.

The attempted kidnapping happened at around 6:30 p.m. near Dupont Avenue South and 56th Street West. A black pickup truck pulled up next to the girl, its driver's side door partially open, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The driver yelled at the girl to come near the truck, and then tried to pull her in, but the girl screamed and punched and scratched the suspect. She was able to wrench free and ran home.

"She's okay," said Sgt. Jesse Garcia III of the MPD.

Police are still looking for the suspect, who was driving a shiny, newer model black pickup. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male with a darker complexion, late 20s to early 30s, medium build, taller than 5'7", unshaven, with long black hair in a ponytail, unshaven and wearing a white t-shirt. Police say he may have scratches on his arms and hands from the victim.

The girl told police that she saw the same vehicle and suspect in the area on April 8. The attempted abduction is near Kenny Park, Kenny Elementary School, and Anthony Middle School.