COLUMBUS (WCMH) –Columbus Police are looking for a man they say tried to abduct three young girls in southwest Columbus.
Two of the 11-year-olds are old enough to know their quick thinking might have saved their lives.
NBC4 spoke with two of them but isn’t releasing their names for their own safety.
“He probably just wanted to do bad stuff to us and hurt us and kill us and get us away from our family,” said one of the girls.
Columbus police say the two 11-year-olds were approached by the same suspect who allegedly tried to abduct another student waiting on her school bus.
“My friend was coming down screaming, crying saying some black male was trying to get me help us, help me, help me,” said the other girl.
Moments later the girls say the angry man tried to abduct them.
“So the man said what’s wrong with you guys get into my car right now for safety. He sounded like mad. Like something was going to happen. He was like, get in my car it’s for safety. I know you,” said one girl.
The girls’ father said they carried out what they’d just been taught weeks earlier when he had the ‘stranger danger’ talk with them.
The girls said they ran screaming from the suspect and they have a warning for other kids.
“They need to stay in groups. Like don’t just walk by yourself. Stay in groups so that nothing will happen,” one girl said.
Police say the man was driving a blue SUV with a spare tire on the back.
He’s described as a black man in his 30s, about 5’8” to 6’0” weighing about 150 pounds with a full beard and a close, buzz cut. He was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, sneakers and a black knit stocking hat. If you have any information you are asked to call police.