HAMILTON, Ohio - Hamilton police are searching for an attempted abduction suspect after a man allegedly tried to force a female child into a van Monday evening.
According to a police report, the incident happened while an 8-year-old girl was walking home on Heathrow Court near Fairborn Drive. The child reported to police that a man grabbed her and tried to put her inside a white van.
The girl screamed loudly and kicked the suspect until she escaped, police say.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, scruffy beard and dark, curly hair. Police say he had an unkempt appearance, wearing torn clothing and a knit hat.
The subject drove a white van with dark tinted windows and dents on the side, according to authorities.
Officials say another person reported a suspicious white van circling the Ridgeway Elementary School, which is just a few blocks away from where the alleged attack took place.
Hamilton police officers have increased their presence in the neighborhood in response to both reports.
Officer Eric Taylor spent Thursday afternoon patrolling Hamilton for white vans that fit the description of the suspect's vehicle.
"You'd be surprised at how many crimes are solved this way," said Officer Taylor, who vows to keep looking until they have answers.
"We want to make sure the word to get out that we're on it, we're going to be on it, and we're going to get to the bottom of this," he said.
Officer Taylor has three daughters, which is why he says this case hits close to home. He also said the victim was very fortunate to make it home alive.
"Usually, unfortunately, it's for some type of sexual act, and eventually, they get murdered."
Police do not have a person of interest at this time and are asking anyone with information to call Hamilton police or dial 911 immediately.
"We've got to catch this guy...We don't want this in our community," said Officer Taylor.
Reporter Scott Wegener contributed to this story.