ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two girls escaped an attempted abduction that reportedly occurred Tuesday afternoon near a Rock Hill bus stop, according to police.
“It’s scary more than anything else. Very scary,” parent Paris Morton said.
The incident happened at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 along the 700 block of Patriot Parkway. Officers spoke with a woman who said her daughter and niece, who are 10 and 11 years old, told her as they were walking home from getting off the school bus an unknown black male in a burgundy SUV style vehicle was circling the area.
As the girls were walking on Patriot Parkway, the man exited his vehicle and grabbed one of the girls by the book bag. The man then reportedly asked the two girls to go to a park.
Morton and neighbor Laquan Walker both have daughters on that same bus.
“I think it's very scary especially because it's parents out here waiting for their kids to get off the bus and these are little kids, elementary kids,” said Morton.
Rock Hill Police said the two girls were able to get away once the man let go of their book bag. They then ran home to report the incident. Officers spoke to the two girls who gave the details of this incident.
"That’s very frightening because I could be late one day to pick up my children and someone could just walk up and get my kids. That's very frightening," Walker said.
Morton says the parents in the apartment complex try their best to look out for each other's kids.
“Just making sure kids are going to their right destinations when they get off the bus,” said Morton.
The suspect in this incident is described as a black male, possibly in his 60s, with slicked black and grey hair with some curls in the back. He was wearing what was described as a uniform with a black collared shirt with writing similar to a business logo on the front, khaki pants, and Nike shoes.
With no one arrested, parents tell FOX 46 they'll continue to stay on alert.
“We stay in apartments. I don’t trust people. I understand people are nice but you just never know but when it comes to my kids I am very protective,” said Walker.
The Rock Hill Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating and is asking for the public’s help. If you have any information about this incident or the vehicle in the area please call the Rock Hill Police Department at 803-329-7293.