Extra patrols were easy to spot Wednesday as Richmond police continue their search for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a young girl less than 24 hours ago.
This is a story no parent wants to ever hear happened to their child. It's why police are stepping up their presence in the Greater Fulton neighborhood, talking to children and helping them feel safe. This as extra patrols indicate a committed search for a suspect.
At the Powhatan pool Wednesday, children rushed at the chance to take a dive.
Rose Foust is bringing a group of children from her church's summer camp. She admits being concerned but not worried after the attempted abduction of 10-year-old Inka Winters. The little girl was walking to the pool Tuesday when police say the van approached her.
"I'm ok with being here because the police are here," Foust said.
Wednesday, Richmond police put in the extra effort to help the community feel at ease, stepping up police presence and patrolling by bicycle.
Lt. Daniel Minton says the department is getting tips and believes someone in the community can help them nab the suspect.
"Somebody saw this happening yesterday, didn't realize what was happening, saw a van and someone talking to a girl and didn't realize something was going on. Someone out there is going to call and give us what we need," he said.
Neighbors are still stunned.
"The kids are always walking through the neighborhood going down to the pool when it's hot and all and far as I know, we never have any problems like that," Senora Bradley said.
The scenario is reminding many why it's so important to talk with their children.
"I do have grandkids and great grandkids, just thinking about them that this could happen. It's a shame….If you don't know them, don't go with them. Even if they tell you ‘I know your mom' and this and that, no. If I never introduce you to them and tell you who they are, you don't know them and you scream and you holler," she said.
The little girl was with her younger brother when police say this happened.
Now, officers are giving advice to parents - don't let your children walk by their selves, have another adult present or make sure they're in a large group.
The Powhatan pool always has at least one officer assigned there, but Richmond police say they're adding officers to the area as long as it takes to help get things back to normal.
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