Police investigating abduction in Reading

Author: , Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published: Dec 18 2013 02:18:00 PM EST
READING, Pa. -

A young girl was abducted while walking to school in Reading, said police, who are now seeking the public's help to find the man who did it.

Officers canvassed several blocks of Reading on Tuesday night, looking for anyone who may have seen something relating to the abduction.

Thankfully, the little girl was back home with her family, but it was a traumatic day after she went missing for almost an hour.

Police said the girl was walking to 10th and Green Elementary School around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. She was going to school late because of a snow delay.

As she was walking in the 600 block of Mulberry Street, she told police a Latino man around 6 feet tall with a well-trimmed beard and black hair grabbed her, shoved her into a small black car and drove off.

She was then taken to an unknown home for some time, but police said they believe they drove past Reading High School and stayed in the northeast section of the city.

The abductor then put the girl back into the vehicle and dropped her near 10th and Robeson streets, said police, adding that the girl was then able to find her way home and report the abduction.

"There will be heightened patrols in that area, and I believe the school district notified parents to be extra alert and to try to walk their children to school," said Sgt. John Solecki, Reading Police Dept.

Police have no eyewitnesses at this time. They are still trying to determine if she was assaulted.

If you saw anything suspicious you're asked to call the Reading criminal investigations unit at 610-655-6246 or Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.