BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The Broomfield Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a teenage girl Monday afternoon.
BPD said that around 4:15 p.m., it was notified of an attempted abduction on Whitney Circle in the Broadlands neighborhood. The area is near West 144th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.
"A young teenager told Officers she was walking home from school when a man got out of a parked pickup truck and attempted to physically push her inside," BPD said in a press release.
The girl was able to escape.
Police described the suspect as a white man between 30 and 40 years old with average build and average height.
The suspect is believed to have been driving a dark-colored pickup truck with a crew cab. It appears to be a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 with aftermarket wheels. BPD said the rear passenger-side wheel appears to be missing a center cap.
Officers are stepping up patrols in the neighborhood and around area schools.
“We’re encouraging students to please use the buddy system if they walk home, to or from school. And if you see something, say something,” said Rachel Welte with BPD.
Neighbors are shocked.
“Obviously, I’m concerned and have been looking around a little bit more than usual,” said Shana Bairrington.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the investigation remained underway and a suspect had not been found. BPD said state and federal agencies had joined the case.
Anyone who sees the suspect is urged to call 911 immediately.
Those with information about the case are asked to contact Det. Vince Lopez: 720-887-5249.