MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 10-year-old was allegedly abducted from her house in Raleigh on Wednesday before she fought her way back home to safety.
According to Memphis Police, at 6:27 p.m., officers responded to a kidnapping/abduction call at a residence in Raleigh. The victim’s mother stated her daughter was by the front door when she heard a “soft” knock.
The girl’s mother, Brittany Pugh, said her daughter was doing schoolwork in her room but ten minutes later, she was alerted that she was nowhere to be found.
Pugh said as she went to open the front door, the 10-year-old was running speed towards the house and fell into her arms saying a man tried to grab her.
Police say that the girl tried to stop the door from opening but the suspect pushed the door open, causing her to fall. The suspect reportedly came into the house, grabbed the girl, and dragged her out of the house.
“She said that he opened the door with a jacket grabbed her by her side put his hand over her mouth. He dropped her at one point and she took off running,” Pugh said. “He grabbed her again, threw her over his shoulder, and took off towards the next street over from us.”
In an attempt to escape, police say she punched him in the throat before running down the street.
At this point, Pugh says her daughter said she was near Fortner and Hanna when she was able to break free.
Reports say that a witness who was at his girlfriend’s house during the time saw the child with a purple jacket on running down the street screaming.
“It’s sickening that people like this are allowed to still walk free because I guarantee if he had the courage enough to do it to my child, there’s somebody else’s child that is in danger,” Pugh said.
He began to walk toward the girl on the corner of the street and saw a man with black and white spots on his face inside a black Charger, police say. The vehicle also had bumper damage to the front left side and possibly minor scratches on the front right side with paper tags.
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The suspect is described as a 5’8″ or 5’9″ black male with distinct white spots on his neck and arms, a heart tattoo on his thumb, and a skull tattoo on his pinky, according to reports.
Police also say he wore a mask, a hoodie with the Nike symbol on it, and possibly navy blue shorts with black tennis shoes.
The victim’s mother stated that she noticed her daughter was missing from the house and that the door was open. When she went outside, she saw her daughter running back toward the home, reports say.
There are no injuries reported, but this is still an ongoing investigation.