Raleigh police search for man who took, returned sleeping girl

08/21/2014 4:31 PM

08/21/2014 4:36 PM

Police are looking for a man who temporarily took a 6-year-old girl from an apartment in Northeast Raleigh on Wednesday morning.

Thursday, police released a recording of the 911 call the girl’s mother made when the girl returned to the apartment.

“She just woke me up. She said, ‘There was a man in my room. He picked me up,’” the woman told a 911 dispatcher. “The screen is gone, the window’s open, there’s a chair outside. And she’s only six, so she didn’t do this herself.”

Police say that a man entered the apartment on the 4700 block of Dansey Drive, off U.S. 401, at about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. The man found the girl sleeping and carried her to a “nearby outdoor location,” according to the police investigation.

Soon afterward, “after engaging in actions suggestive of further illegal intent,” the suspect returned the girl to the apartment, police said. She told her mother that the man had tried to remove her underwear, but the girl refused, instead saying she was tired and wanted to go inside, according to the 911 call.

The man put the girl back in through the window, according to the 911 call. The girl then woke her mother, who called police.

Police say they have only limited information about the suspect. The girl described him as a light-skinned man of average height and weight who may or may not be Hispanic. He had a close-cropped haircut and short facial hair and was wearing a white t-shirt, according to police.

Police have canvassed the surrounding area. They ask anyone with information about the case to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases, according to police.

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