Gadsden police seek child abduction suspect

Kidnap suspect sketch (graphic courtesy Gadsden Police Department)
Kidnap suspect sketch (graphic courtesy Gadsden Police Department)

By Dixon Hayes

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden Police have released a composite photo of a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a ten year old girl last week.
The incident happened on Dozier Street, in the Alabama City area, last Wednesday around 6 p.m.  The girl was leaving a friend's house and headed home when the man grabbed her, and ran into the woods on the dead-end portion of that street.
The woods led to a small drainage creek, and that's where two people saw the man and the girl in the vacinity of Clayton and Charles Streets.  The man dropped the girl, and she ran one way while the man ran the opposite direction.  A manhunt involving Gadsden Police, Etowah County deputies and a dog team from St. Clair County failed to find the man.
The department's spokesman, Capt. Jeff Wright, says the suspect is between 6' and 6'3" tall, with gold upper teeth, a haert tattoo with some sort of name on it (right forearm), and was wearing an orange or yellow shirt, and had a gold necklace that looked like a dollar sign.  The composite sketch shows a beard, but the girl told police she believed the beard was fake.
Wright says anyone who would've gotten through those woods that quickly would have to be familiar with that area, and didn't rule out the possibility the man might be a transient who lives in the woods.
Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Gadsden Police at (256) 549-4500.

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