JPD: Man asked girl to get into his car

JPD: Man asked girl to get into his car

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are keeping a close watch on one neighborhood after they say a man tried to get a girl into his car.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Monday on East Word Avenue, according to the police report.

A 14-year-old girl was crossing the street to her neighbor's house when "an older white male in a silver Ford Taurus…asked her to get inside his vehicle."

The girl ran and told an unidentified person who came outside and wrote down the vehicle's license plate number.

According to the report, the same man had pulled in front of the girl three days earlier while she was walking to the store.

The child's mother told police her daughter is "now afraid to be alone."

Police searched the area, but were unable to find the suspect's car. They told the girl's mother to call police immediately if she saw the vehicle in the area again.

Meanwhile, neighbors in the area are on edge.

"I'm concerned for my grandkids and I've got at 12-year-old," Erasmo Henojosa told Region 8 News.

Henojosa has lived off Word Avenue for the past 26 years. He said as he and his wife watch after both their children and their grandchildren, they are worried.

Henojosa said if someone is willing to do something like that in broad daylight, there's no telling what else they may do.

"What about in the middle of the night when there's nobody around and everybody is asleep? That's a concern. That's a really bad concern," Henojosa said. "The criminals always wait for an opportunity. That's what they do. They wait for an opportunity and they get to do what they want to do."

Henojosa and other neighbors, who did not wish to go on camera, told Region 8 News they planned to be on the lookout now.

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