A man is due to present in court following allegations of attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old Queensland girl.
Police have charged the man with the girl’s abduction. According to reports, he entered a property in central Queensland in the middle of the night and dragged the girl with the intention to kidnap her. The man, however, was not able to successfully kidnap the girl as her grandfather heard her making noises and ran to help her. The man fled the Gladstone home at 1:00 am on Sunday.
Police claimed that the minor suffered several cuts and grazes on her arm. The officers tried to arrest the man, 24, after the incident at a Seaview Heights residence at around 1:30 pm but the attempt was unsuccessful. As a result, they conducted a large-scale search for the alleged offender. The man will be presented in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday. He is due to face charges of child abduction, indecent treatment and assault of a child.
“Thankfully, the screams of that young girl and two of her friends, who were also with her at the time, alerted the girl’s grandfather, who came out into the backyard. The male offender then took off,” Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow told ABC radio.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that there have been no links between the suspect and the family and the entire incident was a “random” one. The police dog squad was also called in to inspect the area and help in the further investigation. The police’s large-scale search led to the arrest of the man only seven hours after the incident.
Brisbane Times reported that the man has been charged with one count each of abduction of a child under 16, entering dwelling with intent, assault and indecent treatment of a child under 16. The man applied for bail earlier but has been denied the same with an order to present in court on Monday.