Police investigating 2 kidnapping attempts in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating two separate reports of attempted child abductions in Hutchinson in recent days.

“The Hutchinson Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and would like to inform the public of recent reports taken by officers,” Lt. Dustin Loepp, investigations commander said in a press release.

The first incident on Sept. 17 involved an 11-year- old girl who was playing in her yard, The Hutchinson News reported.

The girl was grabbed by her wrist and when she turned around, she saw a white male about six feet tall with a skinny build, dressed in all black clothing and a black mask. She was able to get away and she ran to a nearby building to hide.

The next reported incident happened this past Thursday at a Kwik Shop in Hutchinson where a mother was putting a 3-year-old boy into his car seat after shopping. The mother then got into the driver’s seat and pushed a button to close the rear sliding door.

Before the door shut a suspect — described as having facial hair and wearing grey sweatpants and black sweatshirt — reached into the van towards the child. The suspect fled after the mother yelled.