MIDDLETOWN, Del. (CBS) — Brenda Hunt knew something was wrong Sunday afternoon when she saw her 12-year-old daughter, Devinn Trimble, and her daughter’s friend, Kilah Gunns.
“When I saw the looks on their faces, I realized it wasn’t a joke and that something really had happened,” says Hunt.
The two teenage girls were walking by the park near their home when police say a man grabbed Kilah Gunns and tried to run.
“They were out on the sidewalk when the man grabbed Kilah between the legs and around the neck,” describes Hunt, “and he tried to throw her over this should. She just hit him somehow and he dropped her.”
The two girls got away and ran to Hunt’s home, where at first Brenda could not believe what happened.
“I’m shocked that it happened in this neighborhood.”
Twenty minutes later, police say the same thing happening at another park less than a mile away. A man tried to abduct two young girls. Police say the descriptions matched up: an Asian man between twenty and thirty years old, 5′ 10″ and an average build. Police say when the girls got away, he ran into the woods.
The attacks are a reminder that no neighborhood is completely safe ,but police hope the public’s help can lead to an arrest and make these neighborhoods just a little bit safer.
Reported by Oren Liebermann, CBS 3