Richmond Police arrested and charged a man with stalking, stemming from an attempted abduction case at the Powhatan Community pool earlier this week.
The father of the young girl, Inka Winters, says he does not think the charge goes far enough.
"It makes you feel like someone has to actually abduct a child or kill them before it's taken a little more seriously," said Inka's father Anthony Monroe. "I feel that the man should be happy that police have him."
10-year-old Inka Winters and her younger brother were walking to the pool from her house Tuesday, when police say a man in a van approached her and tried repeatedly to lure her inside. She refused and made it to the pool safely, where she notified others who called police.
We asked Inka's father why the children were walking alone.
"She normally goes in a group," said Monroe. "We didn't know the other group didn't show up, but I don't think it should be necessary for a 10-year-old not to be able to walk 2 to 3 blocks without being endangered."
Police say tips from the community helped them track down a person of interest Thursday. Friday, police charged Shahriar Bakhtiarizadeh, 52, of Chesterfield, with one count of misdemeanor stalking.
Monroe worries about other children in the neighborhood.
"If they smack him on the hands and give him 30 days somebody else's child is going to be in danger shortly after," said Monroe. "Sick people don't get better. They have to be stopped."
Little Inka has a message for the community members and police who helped canvass the neighborhood.
"Thank you," said Inka. "Now I get to go out and play like a kid again with all my friends."
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