Child Abduction Attempts Continue…Nevada County Residents Take Extreme Caution!
A chilling string of six attempted child abductions have occurred in Grass Valley since July 2013.
2013– The first four incidents were reported between July and September. All four victims were female with ages ranging from 5 to 18 years old.
2014– March 7th and 13th, two more abduction attempts were reported to the Nevada County Sheriff, bringing the total to six in less than one year.
The first of two recent attempts involved a 6-year old girl in her own yard on Knolls Drive, who was asked to “help find a dog”. The second victim, a 16-year old boy walking on East Hacienda Drive was approached by a man in a truck and asked to “help find something”. The boy offered to help but would not get in the vehicle. This apparently angered the suspect, who then demanded he get in. Thankfully, this smart young man refused and was able to hide in the bushes and call 911. Two different, but similar looking vehicles were reported; a black, oxidized Dodge Durango and a newer model black Toyota 4- Runner, with heavily tinted windows. Both recent attempts took place in South Nevada County near the Magnolia Road area. For details of prior attempts in 2013, see TCC’s previous post “Alert! Grass Valley”.
The suspect is described as a large, middle aged man, deep voice, shaved/bald head, small patch of facial hair/goatee, two silver hoop earrings, black rimmed sunglasses. From last year’s description, his hair may be graying, if it grows out naturally, while the facial hair may appear darker.
Until now, it was unclear if any of these cases were related. Now it appears very likely that some of them are.
A reminder from True Crime California:
As mentioned in previous posts, child abductors do not “just stop”. Human predators learn from their mistakes. Every time he fails, he will adapt his method to achieve success. Using multiple vehicles, shaving his head and facial hair is quite easy. He may also grow his hair out, change hair color, grow a full beard or start clean shaving. Next time he may use a sedan instead, or wear a hat. One thing is certain, he will continue to make attempts until he is successful, or taken into custody.
Prudent investigators from the Grass Valley Police Department and/or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will likely be re-examining the identity of the suspect questioned and released on September 22, 2013, who tried to lure a 13-year old female, walking on Dorsey Drive into his truck. When questioned, he claimed he “thought she was an adult”. Citizens of Nevada County should expect to see a sketch of the suspect released soon, since six different witnesses can now contribute details to it.
Danger Zones: Magnolia Road, Combie Road, Rodeo Flat, Knolls Drive, La Hacienda Drive, Rattlesnake Road, Dog Bar, Hwy 174 and the entire Dorsey Drive area of Grass Valley. *Residents in Lake of the Pines, Alta Sierra, Cedar Ridge, Colfax, Grass Valley, Hwy 49 and Bear River Recreation Areas, need to use every precaution. At all times of day and night.
Be Prepared: In the State of California, a minor of age 16 or older may carry pepper spray with written permission from a parent. Likewise, a younger child may be equipped with a loud whistle to blow if necessary. Remind your kids to BE AWARE! Even if they roll their eyes, say it again.
Tips for Kids: Look around, walk or bike with a friend, take out your ear-buds so you can hear, and do not walk and text so you are able to see! Most importantly, notice if someone is noticing YOU.
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If you have any information regarding these attempted abductions, or to report suspicious activity, please call the Nevada County Sheriff at 530-265-7880.
Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org