10-year-old Lacey girl says man tried to kidnap her

LACEY, Wash. -- Thurston County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent kidnapping attempt of a 10-year-old girl Sunday evening.

The girl was taking out the garbage around 6:20 p.m. when she says a man grabbed her and tried to take her into his car. She was able to break free and the car drove off before police could arrive.

"She was able to yell and kick and throw some swings and was able to get away from the suspect," said Sgt. Ray Brady with the Lacey Police Department.

The girl described the kidnapper as a younger Hispanic man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build, dark skin, and dark, buzzed cut hair, deputies said. She said he was wearing a baseball hat, T-shirt, and dark gray pants, driving an older, beat up, Honda type vehicle, that was dark green with peeling paint.

She said another man was in the passenger seat but wasn't able to get a good look at him.

"Obviously, the suspects don't want to draw attention to themselves, so it was a really good thing she was able to make noise and get away from this guy," Brady said.

Deputies said the girl had some scratch marks on her arm but didn't need to be treated.

The brazen kidnapping attempt has many neighbors in the area spooked.

"It's a bad feeling. It's a bad feeling. I don't like it," said Jimmy Burton. "It's always in the back of your mind, and even though you watch your children really, really well, when you can't find them for a split second, you start to think, did they wander off outside."

Investigators ask if anyone has information on the case, to call the Thurston County Sheriff's department.