Corning Police are asking for the public’s help to find the man who tried to kidnap a child Saturday afternoon. According to investigators the juvenile was walking home from a birthday party when a man in a black van tried to lure, then pull that child into his van.
The incident happened at 1 p.m. on Edith Avenue at Blackburn Avenue. Parents in the area are shocked that something like that would happen in mid day.
"Just made me sick because my kids love to play, you know. Ride their bikes up and down the street," said Carrie Safford.
"Disturbed me quite a bit actually, that it happened especially so close to my house, within a couple of blocks,” said Ron Ostarello.
Corning police said they are keeping a close eye on the area but are hoping that someone can give them more information.
“There’s a lot of kids, juveniles that are out right now walking, going to the city pool, going to our numerous parks,” said Sgt. Jeremiah Fears, with the Corning Police Department. “And my concern is if this is an incident that may occur again, there a lot of juveniles out at that time of day."
Corning police also said that it’s important for kids to not walk alone. To always walk in pairs and be aware of surroundings and if possible have a cell phone at all times.
And even though Corning police is keeping an eye out, many parents are also taking precautions.
"Right now were not letting our kids go out front unless were out there with them," Safford said.
The van the man was driving was described as older, possibly a late 70s model, black with tinted windows. The license plate frame read "Redding" and the first number on the plate is possibly a 6.
The driver is believed to be a white man in his mid 50s, balding with brownish-red hair, a mustache, oval glasses and was wearing a gray tank top. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Corning Police Department.