GPD seeks public’s help in locating man wanted in connection with attempted kidnapping

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The Guam Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating the man who accosted a young girl on her way to school Tuesday morning.

GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says police initially responded to what was reported to be an attempted kidnapping involving a 4th grade student at C.L. Taitano Elementary School.

As the student approached the corner of Chalan Guma Yuus and Bien Venida Ct., an unknown man standing by the corner of St. Jude Catholic Church asked the student if she wanted candy.

The student told police she saw a beer bottle on the ground by the man who appeared to be drunk. The man then crossed the street and approached the girl.

Fearful for her safety, the student ran towards the main entrance of the school and informed school staff of the incident.

Based on the girl’s account of what occurred, Sgt. Tapao said the case is being classified as a harassment complaint at this time.

Sgt. Tapao said that the man is described as having a dark complexion with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to call  GPD dispatchers at 472-8911 or call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.

READ The release from Sgt. Tapao in FULL below:

On Tuesday February 11, officers from the Hagatna Precinct Command responded to a reported attempted kidnapping call in Sinajana area.

The initial report had indicated that a student from C.L. Taitano Elementary School was offered candy by an unknown man while walking from her home to school by the St. Jude Catholic Church. Further information was conveyed that the unknown man chased after the student who ran to the school and informed school officials of the incident.

Officers from GPD’s Hagatna Precinct Command responded and saturated the area in attempts in locating the individual based on information that was provided through the village Neighborhood Watch Program.

Officers then proceeded to the school and conducted an interview with the student, where the interview revealed the following incident.

At around 7:18am, February 11, 2020, a student from C.L. Taitano Elementary School was walking from her home to the school. As the student approached the corner of Chalan Guma Yuus and Bien Venida Ct., an unknown man standing by the corner of St. Jude Catholic Church asked the student if she wanted candy.

The student noted a beer bottle on the ground by the man who appeared to be drunk. The man was observed crossing the street; walking towards the student. Fearful for her safety, the student ran towards the main entrance of the school and informed school staff of the incident.

The man was described as having a dark complexion with a skinny build and was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Based on the interview of the student, the Guam Police Department initiated a harassment complaint with the bases of a suspicious incident that occurred.

The Guam Police Department commends the student for her actions in understanding a “Stranger Danger” situation and by reporting the incident to authorities.

The Guam Police Department also recognizes the community partnership with the Department of Education, our local mayors and the citizens who are part of a Neighborhood Watch Program.

Should anyone who may have witnessed this incident or any other suspicious activities within our community, you are encouraged to call our GPD dispatchers at 472-8911.