Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Attempted Child Abduction

On November 26, 2008 at approximately 11:50 AM, a local pre-school visited the Westfield Mall in the City of Arcadia for a field trip. As the schoolchildren were exiting the mall, an unknown male suspect walked up to a 5-year-old child and placed his arm around the child. The suspect then led the child away from the school group and was observed by one of the school staff. The staff member ran over to the suspect and child, removed the suspect’s arm from the child, and returned with the child to the rest of the group. The suspect then walked away and out of sight. Approximately one hour later, the school reported the incident to the Arcadia Police Department. Officers checked the mall and surrounding area for the suspect, but he was not located.

Suspect Description:
Male Asian, 50-60 yrs, 5’08”, 170 lbs, grey hair with a bald spot on top of his head, yellow teeth, blue sweat pants, white sneakers, clean shaven, and he was carrying an umbrella with a circular design.

If anyone has information regarding this incident or suspect, please contact the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-574-5160.

Ref: Case #08-6068
UPDATE, 12/11/08 - Here are a couple of media links to news stories on the incident;

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