Abduction of 12-year-old prompts parents to highlight best actions for kids to stay safe

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The man accused of kidnapping and raping a young girl in Las Vegas will appear before a judge Thursday morning. Antwon Perkins was arrested Friday night for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl on Jan. 24. 

Police said the child was walking to her school, Ralph Cadwallader Middle School, in the 7700 block of Elkhorn Road when it happened.

The 35-year-old is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on numerous charges.  Although Perkins is in jail, 8 News NOW spoke to some parents who are still on edge.

Perkins was arrested Friday night after being holed up in a home in North Las Vegas for hours. Wooden boards still cover the front door and garage of the home where he was arrested. It’s a constant reminder to neighbor Leisha Boudreaux of what happened. 

“We’re actually moving because I’m really uncomfortable,” said Boudreaux. “Even though they have this everywhere, knowing it’s across the street is creepy.”

Bourdeaux lives across the street with her children, including a 10-year-old daughter.  She said she watched the standoff between police and Perkins as it happened.

After watching the ordeal unfold, Boudreaux said she made changes to her daughter’s routine. 

“She does not walk to school at all anymore,” Boudreaux said.

Bourdeaux’s also stressing the importance of safety. 

“So now that she sees that it’s a real situation that can happen, we’ve been talking about it a little bit more,” Boudreaux said.  “Letting her know that if this happened, you know, scream this, do that.”

The lesson takes place outside of the home as well.  The Clark County School District has several programs regarding student safety.

The curriculum begins at the elementary level, teaching children about “stranger danger.”

CCSD says knowledge gained at an early level is built upon in middle school and high school, which includes walking in groups to school and yelling. 

The arrest report for Perkins states the young girl was walking alone and threatened if she said anything. 

Cristen Drummond, 8 News NOW Reporter: “As a mom, were you thinking of letting your son walk to school one day?”
Meleisha Buyard, parent: “No, no, no. I don’t think I even want him to walk to school by himself.”

Boudreaux plans to keep a watchful eye from now on while highlighting the best practices to stay safe. 

“I’m not ready to give my daughter any pepper spray, maze or anything,” said Boudreaux.

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