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Attempted Child Abduction Has Parents on High Alert

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are searching for a suspect who attempted to abduct a six-year-old girl from a restroom Sunday morning at Mountain View Park.

The girl was confronted by the suspect as she was leaving the restroom. The suspect spoke to her, grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hand.

The little girl was able to scream for help. The suspect let her go and fled the area.

Police said this situation should be a warning for parents and children.

"You need to have them draw attention to themselves by having them yell out," Henderson Police spokesperson Keith Paul said. "They need to yell out such as, 'Help!' or 'This is not my dad.', something that draws attention to them and not make it look like they're having a tantrum."

Ivet Santiago is the Executive Director of Nevada Child Seekers and works with families of missing children.

"You know what, it can happen anywhere," Santiago said. "It can happen at a mall. It can happen at a park, and it can happen at the grocery store."

Santiago urges parents to prepare their children by having them practice screaming and fighting their way out of potential kidnapping situations.

Parents at Mountain View Park said they hope the predator is brought to justice before the unthinkable happens.

"For someone to do something like that, there's no stopping him I don't think," parent Brian Terlhae said.

The suspect was described as a white man in his late 20's or early 30's, 5'7" to 5'10" tall, weighing about 190 to 250 pounds with short blond hair and green or blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve checkered shirt, brown pants and gray tennis shoes with blue lines.

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