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Attempted kidnapping investigated in Post Falls

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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:00 am

POST FALLS - A 14-year-old girl told police that a man attempted to kidnap her and punched her in the face Friday night.

The alleged incident occurred around 5:50 p.m. in the area of 10th and Spokane streets while the girl was walking southbound.

The girl said a skinny male was driving a newer green four-door passenger car with several dents on the passenger side.

"He got out of the vehicle and attempted to grab her and force her into the car," Post Falls police Chief Scot Haug said. "After he was unable to get her into the car, he struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground. She was able to run away and the male yelled obscenities at her as she took off.

"She said she has never seen him before."

The girl suffered swelling to the face as a result of the incident.

"It was serious enough that the officer called for medical help," Haug said.

The passenger side of the vehicle had a hand-held vanity mirror with a plastic handle attached to the car with tape. It was missing the mirror itself inside the frame. The interior of the vehicle was described as tan with "fuzzy" upholstery.

The male is also described as being in his late 20s, more than 6 feet tall, missing three of his top teeth, having a deep voice and a small cut on the left side of his face above his chin.

The victim told police that several vehicles drove by during the alleged incident and that there were some people walking a block north of her who could have observed it.

Police did not release information about the incident until Tuesday, four days after it was reported. Haug said his department should have notified the public sooner.

Police ask that if anyone sees a vehicle matching the description they should take note of the license plate and report the car as soon as possible.

Those with information can call Post Falls police at 773-3517 or leave an anonymous tip at 777-COPS or

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  • Purple78 posted at 6:43 am on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    Purple78 Posts: 21

    I agree with JoeIdaho on this one for sure! We dont need crud like this on our city streets! I have two kids, one the same age as this girl and walk the same street to get home. Our thoughts to the girl and her family and hope she is alright.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:11 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I hope they find him & do immensely bad things to him.

  • hope4idaho posted at 6:29 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    hope4idaho Posts: 29

    It has been indicated that this perp is "missing three of his top teeth". with that said, half of the men in Post Falls fits that description.

  • Downtowner posted at 7:53 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Downtowner Posts: 171

    CC-1100 posts you are obviously very opinionated but you need to change your screen name if this is the only comment you can make after a young person could have been taken and harmed. You should go with Lonely Citizen

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:57 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Since when is 5:50 pm night? Late afternoon, early evening maybe, but NIGHT?

    I guess you gotta do what makes the story sound better. UGH!

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