SIMPSONVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a child in Simpsonville on Tuesday around 3:30 p.m.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, a 9-year-old had gotten off of a school bus in the area of Wild Oat Way and Windy Meadow Way and while walking home the child said a white vehicle with two men — ranging in age from 18-23 years old — inside approached them.
The passenger in the vehicle reportedly got out of the vehicle and chase the child a short distance before the child was able to get to their home safely.
“I thought she got stung by a wasp or something,” said Wade Armstrong, the girl’s mother’s boyfriend. “She couldn’t walk, she couldn’t talk.”
The child told Armstrong what had happened, who then reported it to the sheriff’s office.
“It took her about thirty seconds to explain to me that somebody tried to grab her, pull her in the car.”
Neighbors told 7 News Wednesday that they were stunned to learn what happened.
“It was a shock to everyone in the neighborhood,” explained Nicole Feigl. “The kid’s are always outside and you don’t really think this isn’t a safe neighborhood.”
The Greenville County Sheriff’s office reportedly spent Tuesday and Wednesday looking at surveillance camera’s around the neighborhood and at nearby businesses.
“The fact that it’s going on and there are people out there who are doing this, it’s alarming and disturbing and we need to find out who these people are,” said Sgt. Ryan Flood.
Armstrong said Wednesday afternoon that he want’s parents to learn from this situation.
“Pay more attention to where your kids are at,” he said. “Be more alert to random vehicles.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.