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Four suspects on the loose involved in a reported attempted abduction

Police are still looking for four suspects involved in a reported attempted abduction on South 14th Street in Lafayette.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 7:03 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 3:39 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Police are still looking for four suspects involved in a reported abduction on South 14th Street in Lafayette.

A 13-year-old girl walked home by herself from school yesterday around 5 p.m. when it happened on South 14th between South and Central Streets.

Related: Attempted abduction at gunpoint reported by girl walking home from school

She was not aware of the exact location it occurred at.

She said a four door “old modeled” black truck pulled up to her with four passengers in the car.
She said when they first told her to get into the car, she ignored them and kept walking. She then saw one of the backseat passengers pull out a semi-automatic gun on her.

She heard one of them say to her, “get in the car or we will kill you.” She then fled the scene and hid in a backyard until it was safe. She made it to her home a few blocks north of where the incident took place and was able to contact police with what occured.

"It must have been terrifying for her," said Carole Alexander, a neighbor who lives around the South 14th Street area.

"I don't feel safe in my neighborhood,” said Pam Michael, another neighbor nearby. “It’s a good neighborhood a quiet neighborhood."

Lafayette Police Department Sergeant Matt Gard says she made the right decision to run away.

"By any means running away would be the best course of action,” he said “If someone gets into a car that is your biggest chance for danger if you are confined to a space like that."

Danger neighbors never thought would happen where they live.

"I walk my dog in this neighborhood daily, many times of the day and night and certainly it's a very safe neighborhood and at the same time this obviously happened," said Alexander.

Sergeant Gard said it’s important for parents to make sure their kids know how to react in these types of situations.

“We stress to parent to teach their children to be vigilant,” he said. “They should be aware of their surroundings, anything that is going on.”

Michael is a mom of two, who normally lets her children enjoy the neighborhood freely.

"They ride their bikes and their scooters up and down the street and to know that just blocks from here...they can't do that anymore," she said.

She said there will be changes around her household.

"The doors stay locked. That the older child has a key and is responsible. We will be ask our neighbors to watch the house if we are gone for an extended period of time and vice versa," she said. “We have to look out for each other.”

Alexander said this incident sends an important message to everyone.

"Regardless of where you live you need to be aware of your surroundings and pay attention and be careful," she said.

Police say there were no surveillance cameras that were able to capture what happened on video.

The descriptions of the suspects are as follows:

Driver: Hispanic man in a brown shirt

Front seat passenger: Black man, bald, "goteeish beard"

Back seat left passenger: White female with visible tattoos

Back seat right passenger: Hispanic male with a "soul patch."

Police said this is the person who pulled the gun on the girl.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Lafayette police at (765) 807-1200 or the anonymous WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME.

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