Girl, 11, escapes attempted abduction on way to school

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 11-year-old girl is unharmed after an attempted abduction on her way to school Tuesday morning in Highland Park, authorities said.

Earlier information from the city said the girl was 12.

The girl, her 11-year-old brother, and 9-year-old sister were headed to nearby George Washington Carver Academy, about a 15-minute walk away, when the girl realized she’d forgotten something at the house. She doubled back to get it as her brother and sister kept walking, about a minute ahead of her, said Marli Blackman, spokeswoman for Highland Park. This was about 7:30 a.m.

When the girl returned from the house, a man police describe as a heavy-set black male, wearing a beanie hat, grabbed her and tried to take her into an abandoned building at 811 Oakman, Blackman said.

But the girl fought off her attacker and escaped without any injuries, Blackman said. She ran into a gas station to escape. She’s home now, safe, with her parents.

The city will be reaching out to the owner of the building about securing it, Blackman said. If nothing voluntary can be worked out, the city also could choose to board up the building and send its owner a bill, as it already does with some abandoned structures in town, Blackman said.