MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 21, 2012

Girl fends off possible abduction

A 12-year-old girl successfully rebutted a potential abduction Thursday.

Police are now trying to identify the man who allegedly tried to lure her into going with him.

The girl was at Harp’s Food Store in Fort Gibson about 8 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her.

The girl said the man offered to buy her some chewing gum, said Police Chief Terry Johnston.

“She told him no, and then he said, ‘Come here’ to her,” Johnston said. “She told him no again and went to get a store employee.”

The man promptly left the store, Johnston said, and police were called immediately.

“It wasn’t a good situation, but it’s probably the best way it could have ended,” Johnston said. “She was very smart by getting a store employee — and when she did that, he left.”

The girl was able to describe the man as tall, older and having rotten teeth. There is surveillance video from the store. However, the video is not very clear, the police chief said.

Johnston is seeking assistance from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation to improve the video.

“We’re still following up on it. I don’t think he’s a local, because nobody recognized him,” he said.

The vehicle the man was driving appeared to be a red, older model Chevrolet Caprice, he said.

Johnston said he hopes the video can be enhanced enough to read the license plate.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

If you have information on the possible attempted abduction at Harp’s Food Store about 8 p.m. Thursday, call the Fort Gibson Police Department non-emergency number, (918) 478-3998.

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