YOUNGSVILLE, La (KLFY) – Many questions remain after a man riding a bicycle approached a teenage girl who managed to escape his advances in Youngsville last week.
A 15-year-old girl was walking home in the 400 block of Palfrey Parkway when she claims a man attempted to kidnap her as she was getting off of the school bus.
“Didn’t hear or see anything until I got the email and was alerted about it,” said Youngsville resident, Debbie Pellerin, who lives nearby where the alleged incident took place.
Youngsville Police Chief, Rickey Boudreaux, said the alleged kidnapping happened last Thursday around 3:30 p.m.
“She says a black male in his early to mid 30’s asked her to come see,” said Chief Boudreaux. “She ignored him and began walking away in a quickened pace and supposedly he began to chase her.”
The girl told police that the man was traveling on a newer silver colored bicycle. Chief Boudreaux said the girl took off down an alley and was able to get away from the man. The girl made it home safely and was able to call her father who then called police.
Chief Boudreaux said several units searched the area for the suspected kidnapper, but he was not found.
“We’ve been able to identify a couple of people of interest that we’re going to be talking to, but there were some inconsistencies in her story that we’re trying to get straightened up so we know where to proceed on it,” said Chief Boudreaux.
Chief Boudreaux said they’re attempting to locate some possible security camera footage at some of the residences to help in the investigation.
“We’ve talked to people that were outside at that time that said they didn’t see anything at that time, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen,” said Chief Boudreaux.
Neighbors said this incident is just an eye opener for everyone to just be aware of their surroundings.
“It’s a scary situation,” said Pellerin. “Yesterday I watched for the buses just to make sure the kids got off safely.”
Chief Boudreaux said the crime remains under investigation.