Students in Hutchinson say man tried to kidnap them, police investigating

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Police in Hutchinson are investigating the report of an attempted abduction of three children.

Police say it was on the 800th block of Maple Street the alleged, attempted kidnapping took place. Two of the girls and their caregivers spoke with KSN and say they were walking home from school when suddenly they were approached by a man.

“He said ‘come here!” said Shakai Brown one of the girls who said a man tried to take her.

They say a red and white truck pulled up next to them and the man ran towards them.

“I screamed for help for Aarin, because she was looking back behind, and I said Aarin, help!” said Brown.

That’s when they say an unknown woman came to their rescue.

“She got out her car and told him to let her go. She came and grabbed his arm and pulled him down and then she slipped out the boys hand and started running,” said Aarin Baughman.

The girls made it home okay, a relief to their loved ones.

Christy McGee, Shakai’s legal guardian said she called the girls’ parents after the girls told her what happened.

“That was my first reaction, I need to call and let them know what happened,” said McGee.

“A lot of ‘ifs’ fly through your head all at once,” said Aarin’s mother Shawna Mulford. “Just to sit there and see and hold them and know that they’re okay is the first thing you want to do.”

The incident was reported to police and the school followed up by sending an alert to all parents Wednesday morning.

Police say they are investigating, but haven’t found the man involved, or the woman the girls say came to their rescue.

“We are still trying to find her. I would love to speak to her and thank her,” said Mulford.

Sgt. Paul Sack with the Hutchinson Police Department says no woman has come forward following the incident.

“It is unusual sometimes but sometimes there is a logical explanation for the delay,” said Sack.

Police say they are still hoping to talk to the person that the girls say helped save them.

If you have any information surrounding this investigation you are asked to contact the Hutchinson Police Department.

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