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Mom steps away seconds before attempted abduction of girl

Man accused of trying to kidnap two girls
Man tried to kidnap 2 little girls, police say
Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 08, 2018

LATEST:  13 Action News spoke with the mother of one of the victims. The woman did not want her identity revealed. She said she stepped away to use the restroom seconds before the attempted abduction. 

Her daughter hopped on a scooter and headed towards the nearby playground in the complex on Marlin Avenue.

The neighbor who confronted the alleged child predator told our reporter that she recognized the suspect was not the child's father. The child was not physically injured.

ORIGINAL: Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to kidnap two little girls in two separate incidents in the Las Vegas valley.

The first incident happened on Feb. 6 around 6:41 p.m. at the 2700 block of Marlin Avenue, near North Eastern Avenue and U.S. 95. Witnesses saw the man trying to pull a 6-year-old girl into a car against her will. When he was confronted by neighbors, he released the child and left the area in a vehicle.

On the same day, around 6:49 p.m., officers were called to the 3700 block of East Bonanza Road, near North Pecos Road. Witnesses say the man tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl who was playing on a playground. A family member confronted the man and he released the child. The man fled the scene before officers could get there.

Police describe the man as a white or Hispanic, 18-20 years old, a medium build, and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up hoodie, gray sweat pants, and gray Nike shoes.

The man's vehicle is described as a red 4-door sedan with a silver trim around the windows.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Las Vegas police at 702-828-3755. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. 

Correction: An earlier version contained surveillance video provided by police. We incorrectly identified the person in the video as the suspect in this case. The video actually showed the suspect's vehicle, not the suspect himself. We have since provided commentary for the video to avoid confusion, and we sincerely apologize for the error.