Mother says she thwarted child’s abduction twice

A mother says she stopped the same man from taking her 11-year-old daughter two days in a row.
A mother says she stopped the same man from taking her 11-year-old daughter two days in a row.
Rebecca Mcdonald watched Wednesday afternoon as her children played outside her home on Belt Street in Jonesboro.
Rebecca Mcdonald watched Wednesday afternoon as her children played outside her home on Belt Street in Jonesboro.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A mother says she stopped the same man from taking her 11-year-old daughter two days in a row.

Rebecca McDonald watched Wednesday afternoon as her children played outside her home on Belt Street in Jonesboro. She says an unknown elderly man stopped his blue Ford Explorer and said "hey, baby girl" to her daughter.

"He went to pop the door open to get out," McDonald said. "Well, I was watching from my window. By that time, I come out with my baseball bat and was screaming at him to leave."

McDonald says she thinks the man would have taken her daughter if she had not come outside to confront him. She asked him why he was talking to her small child and says he just sat there and smiled at them. That's when she struck his vehicle several times with the baseball bat before he finally left.

"He took out, and then he'd stop and laugh and then speed up," she said. "He'd stop and laugh some more and then speed up, like he was taunting me in a way."

McDonald learned her children had seen the man earlier in the alley next to their house watching them play before he pulled over his car.

She called and reported the incident to the Jonesboro Police Department, but officers searched the area and found no trace of the blue Explorer.

On Thursday morning, McDonald says she was in her front yard talking to her landlord as her children played in the church parking lot next door. The kids started yelling and she turned around to see the man had returned.

"The man came back again while the kids were out here playing," she said, "and he stopped the truck and was waving his tongue at my children offensively, to me, and was kissing at them and winking at them."

McDonald called Jonesboro police again. This time, officers did find the man, identified in a police report as 76-year-old Rayborn Curtner of Jonesboro.

Curtner told police he stopped Wednesday because he thought McDonald's young daughter would walk into the street, but it is unclear why he came back Thursday.

Police advised him to just steer clear of the area, and McDonald says that would be best.

"Now if he just rides by, I'll leave him alone," she explained, "but if he stops for my child again or if he stops and does something with my child again, it may get ugly."

The police report says Curtner will face no charges because he has not committed a crime.

Police told McDonald to keep her children inside the fenced area of the yard and to call them if Curtner ever comes back.

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