CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - The hunt is on for a man who tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl in Chesterfield. She talks to NBC12 about what happened and how she fought him off.
She wasn't injured but her family and neighborhood are on edge.
Police say it happened around 6 p.m. on Thursday in the 2500 block of Larryvale Drive in the Greenleigh subdivision.
After a day of playing with friends, the girl had just gotten home. Police say she was in her own backyard when a man almost took her away. Her family asked that we not show her face or release her name.
"I was sitting over there and I was looking the other way and I felt a hand on my wrist," the girl said. "I thought it was someone that I knew."
When she saw it was a stranger, she started fighting. "When he pulled me up and said, ''Cmon!' I said 'No!' [then] I kicked him in the knee."
The girl's mother, Elsa Rubio, was inside the home but she can see the yard. While it isn't fenced off, she says it was once a safe place for her children.
"I can't believe people would do that, in my own yard?" she said. "That's what really concerns me."
Chesterfield Police say they had not received any prior calls of anyone suspicious in the Greenleigh subdivision.
"The particular location where this occurred is a path between different areas it's not unusual for there to be a lot of foot traffic," says Lt. Randy Horowitz with Chesterfield Police.
But Rubio told NBC12 of another incident that didn't stand out at the time. She believes she saw the suspects a few nights before the incident standing on the street staring at the homes. Rubio says she didn't connect the dots until her daughter described the man who tried to take her.
The girl's mother and police says she is very brave.
Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build. He had very short or shaved black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, blue jeans, gray tennis shoes with blue stripes, a backpack and sunglasses with dark-colored frames.
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