A 44-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to abduct a 15-year-old girl while she was walking home Wednesday night.
Police said the girl was walking home from a friend's house at about 7 p.m. when the man began talking to her from his maroon Chevy Blazer in the 900 block of North St. Paul.
She said he circled the block a couple of times, repeatedly saying to her, "C'mon!"
At one point, police said, he stopped and tried to pull her inside his vehicle.
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He asked, "How old are you?" she said.
When she told him she was 15, he reportedly said, "You're too young for me," and drove away. She called her father to report what happened, and he then called 911.
Officers responding to the area spotted the Blazer in the 600 block of North St. Paul and detained the man for questioning. He was later booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.
He does not live in that area, police said.
The girl was not hurt.
"In this case, it worked out well," said Lt. Steve Kenney.
But police officials say such incidents need to be handled differently.
"The first phone call needs to be 911," Kenney said. "That gets the officers in the area faster."
Officers caught a break this time, he said, because the suspect stayed in the area.