Police Search For Child Abduction Suspect - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Police Search For Child Abduction Suspect

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Frightening moments at a Germantown recreation center as a nine-year-old is abducted, stuffed in the trunk of a car, and driven away.

Charlene Cooper's compassion may have helped save a nine-year-old boy's life.

"I asked him is he ok, and he shook his head no," she recalled.

Around seven, Tuesday evening, she says she spotted him wandering alone, headed East at Gorgas Avenue.

"He just looked a little dazed and confused. He looked lost," remembers Cooper.

Cooper says she called 911 after the little boy told her he'd just escaped the clutches of a man who kidnapped him while playing at Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown.

Parents at the park were stunned by the news.

"I would be devastated if someone snatched one of my kids and I'd be ready to kill something," says Nadine Tucker, a concerned parent.

"There are predators everywhere and you never know when someone can grab your child," says Cooper.

Police say the boy was abducted from the Chelten Avenue rec center and forced into the trunk of a car. Then he was taken to the basement of an abandoned home. He told police he escaped through a basement door when his abductor went upstairs.

"He's despicable," says Cooper. "Because the kid was able to get away, who knows what the intentions were gonna be."

Residents are now wondering where's the police protection.

"I would have at least like to see presence of police, and would have liked to see rec center be more responsible," says cooper.

That 9-year-old boy is okay. Police say he wasn't harmed. We have a vague description of the suspect. We're told the he may have been driving a Gray Ford Sedan.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Kent State University blasts red-stained sweatshirt sold by Urban Outfitters

    Kent State University blasts red-stained sweatshirt sold by Urban Outfitters

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:28:05 GMT
    A sweatshirt being sold by Urban Outfitters featuring fake blood stains and tattered edges with the logo of Kent State University, where four students were killed in a 1970 incident that shocked America, is “beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life,” university officials said.
    A sweatshirt being sold by Urban Outfitters featuring fake blood stains and tattered edges with the logo of Kent State University, where four students were killed in a 1970 incident that shocked America, is “beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life,” university officials said.
  • Police: 13-Year-Old Shot In Hunting Park

    Police: 13-Year-Old Shot In Hunting Park

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:28 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:28:27 GMT
    Police say a 13-year-old was shot in the city's Hunting Park section by Old York Road and Erie Ave on Monday night.
    Police say a 13-year-old was shot in the city's Hunting Park section by Old York Road and Erie Ave on Monday night.
  • Authorities Continue To Investigate State Police Barracks Shooting

    Authorities Continue To Investigate State Police Barracks Shooting

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:24:00 GMT

    State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

    State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices