Mesa police said they applaud an 8-year-old girl after she fought off an attempted kidnapper about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of west Vine Avenue, near Broadway and Alma School roads.
Detective Chris Arvayo said the girl was playing in an alley when the attacker pulled up, got out of his pickup truck, started walking towards her and said, “Come here, I want to talk to you.”
Arvayo said the girl turned to walk away, and the man started running towards her, with his arms stretched out as if he was going to grab her. That’s when she picked up a metal pipe from the dirt and threatened him with it. Arvayo said the man grabbed the pipe from her and said, “You better not do that if I were you.” When the girl ran away screaming, she told police she saw the truck head west on Vine Avenue.
Jerry Quarles, crime prevention officer with the Mesa Police Department, said she did the right thing by running away screaming. He added that she was a good witness. The young girl was able to give police details about her attacker and his vehicle.
Police describe the man as black but light-skinned, bald, between 30 and 50 years old. He was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds.
Police also said the man had an earring in his right ear and a scar on his left cheek. He wore an orange tank top and blue jeans, according to the girl’s description.
Police said the man was last seen driving a white, full-sized pickup truck with “Toyota 4x4” on the tailgate.
The truck has tinted windows and a metal guard around the edge of the bed.
There was also a pink-and-white stuffed toy rabbit’s head on the grille.
Police ask anyone with information to call (480) 644-4075.