UPDATE JAN. 25: Police have released a photo of the man they are looking for in connection to the incident involving a Cadwallader Middle School on Thursday.
He has been identified as 35-year-old Antwon Perkins.
Additionally, police are now saying that the girl was sexually assaulted while she was walking to school and passed a convenience store near the intersection of Farm and Cimarron roads.
Shortly after passing the store, a black dully truck pulled up next to the victim and the man inside the truck forced her inside.
The man drove to a new location, sexually assaulted the victim, and eventually dropped the victim off in the area where she was originally abducted. The victim ran to the school and immediately reported the inside to school officials.
The black dully truck was located at the suspect's place of employment.
WANTED! - Antwon Perkins is being sought in connection with a kidnapping that occurred yesterday in the area of Farm Rd and Cimarron Rd. Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is urged to call 9-1-1.— LVMPD (@LVMPD) January 25, 2019
RELEASE: https://t.co/7vWA9MLZxz #LVMPDnews #wanted pic.twitter.com/R9h0oA1QRY
In light of this incident, 13 Action News reached out to self-defense experts at Excel Karate & Krave who said your primary goal is to eliminate the threat and get away.
Chief instructor Nick Neagu said people need to use anything in their surrounding as a weapon and to pay attention to their surroundings.
The instructor also provided these tips:
- Never walk alone
- Be alert and do not stay on your phone
- Take those earbuds out
- Fight! Fight! Fight!
Las Vegas police are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a young girl in the northwest part of town on Thursday.
Officers were called to the area of Cadwallader Middle School located near Elkhorn Road and Tenaya Way at about 11:15 a.m.
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Police said a 12-year-old girl reported the kidnapping attempt to the school and the incident was under review.
A letter was also sent home to parents stating that the student was "abducted and assaulted while walking to school."
The girl was safe at the end of the situation, according to authorities.
No further details were immediately released.