Suspect in custody after 8-year-old kidnapped in Mesa - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Suspect in custody after 8-year-old kidnapped in Mesa

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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:19 pm

A man is in custody after he allegedly abducted a young girl riding her bicycle in Mesa Sunday afternoon.

Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said that around 1 p.m. the 8-year-old girl was riding her bike around her apartment complex near Broadway and Dobson roads when she was grabbed by the 22-year-old male.

Landato said the suspect left with the child in a silver passenger car.

The suspect crashed his vehicle in a neighborhood alley near where he abducted the girl, Landato said.

The child was able to get away and run into the arms of arriving officers as the suspect fled on foot, according to Landato.

Landato said a perimeter was set up and the suspect was taken into custody about 45 minutes later.

Landato said some neighbors who saw the girl being abducted ran up to an officer who happened to be in the area. He credits their quick action with getting to the girl and the suspect so quickly.

The investigation is ongoing.

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