New Britain police hope someone will recognize the van involved in an attempted abduction last Friday.
On the morning of Friday, July 13, a 12-year old New Britain girl was nearly kidnapped in her neighborhood.
Police released a surveillance picture of the minivan, which appears to be missing a hubcap. The entire incident was caught on tape thanks to the six surveillance cameras mounted on the outside of a nearby home.
On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the mayor and police released the video and said the girl did exactly what she was supposed to do. You can watch it here.
The girl told police a man in a minivan approached her while she walked along Highland Terrace to catch a bus to her summer camp around 8 a.m. on that Friday morning.
Police increased patrols in the area and have been looking for the man since.
"This old gray car drove by me and the guy was using his arm to signal me to come to him, so I just kept on walking and started speed walking," Kiley, the victim, said. Her parents asked us not to use her last name.
Police said the girl ran away when the man approached her and she reported what happened immediately. She
It was the first time she'd ever walked alone, she said.
"He had done a u-turn and was following me and that’s when he stopped the car and told me that he has a movie for me and I asked if I know him and he said, 'Ya, come here,'" Kiley said.
"She looked fine walking until she noticed the vehicle was approaching," said the homeowner with the cameras, who asked us not to identify him.
"His window was open and he reached his hand on the outside, the door handle, and he pushed it from the inside and that's when I ran and I ran through a couple backyards and I ran upstairs and told my mom," Kiley said.
The man is believed to be older with a gray beard and gray hair, according to police. The victim told police the van's license plate had a "X" in it and that the bottom of the vehicle was dirty.
"My mom and my dad they always tell me if this ever happens to you ever, just run. Don't even think, just run," Kiley said.
Anyone who was in the area around 8 a.m. on Friday and might have information is asked to call the New Britain Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 860-826-3135.