I was unable to visit my son and his family in Wagga today


Child's screams alert neighbours to abduction attempt

July 16, 2011 - 10:56AM
A search is underway for a man who allegedly attempted to abduct a five-year-old girl from her home in southwestern NSW.
About 4.50am today, a male neighbour was awoken by the five-year-old girl's screams in Cullen Road, Wagga Wagga.
The neighbour then saw the girl in a man's arms and chased after the pair, police said.
The man released the girl in Cullen Road and ran off north along that road.
He was chased by the neighbour who last saw the man in Edward Street, near Dobney Avenue.
The child was distressed but not physically harmed and has been reunited with her parents.
Police have begun searching for the man, who is described as 183cm tall and of thin, athletic build.
He was last seen wearing dark pants, white shoes and a white shirt and is believed to be aged in his 20s.
Police are urging anyone who knows the man's whereabouts or identity to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
AAP
My son lives just a few doors down from this attempted abduction.
I tried to visit him at about 11am but a whole section of Wagga was cordoned off.
I returned again at 2pm.  Still no movement allowed in or out of the cordoned off area and Police said it could be like this for another 5 hours.

I'd travelled a long way to see him, so I have to wait another few weeks to find out all the goss.


UPDATE




Police are searching for an escaped prisoner in connection to the attempted abduction a five-year-old girl in south western NSW.
In what police described as 'every parent's worst nightmare', the five-year-old girl was allegedly taken from her bedroom by a man in Wagga Wagga at about 4.50am (AEST) on Saturday.
A male neighbour, who was awoken by the girl's screams, saw her in the man's arms and began pursuing the pair, police said.
The man then let go of the girl in Cullen Road and ran off.
Two days earlier, at 4.30pm on Thursday, Trevor Ross Ryan, escaped from Mannus Correctional Centre.
The 20-year-old was serving a three year and three month maximum sentence for stealing, breaking and entering and driving offences.
Police have released a photograph of him and are appealing for information on his whereabouts.
Ryan is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, about 177cm tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and has black hair shaved on both sides.
Police believe he may be within the Dubbo area, driving a white 1993 Mitsubishi Triton (registration number SPV-999).
The man who allegedly took the girl was initially described as being around 183cm tall and of thin, athletic build.
He was last seen wearing dark pants, white shoes and a white shirt and is believed to be aged in his 20s.
The girl was distressed but not physically harmed and has been reunited with her parents, police said.
Wagga Wagga Local Area Commander, Superintendent David Simmons, said it was 'an incredibly traumatic event' for the family but that they also 'had a lot to be thankful for'.
'Thank goodness he (the neighbour) woke up,' Supt Simmons told AAP on Saturday.
'Who knows where it would have gone had it not been thwarted by him.'
Police are advising residents of the Dubbo area to be vigilant in relation to their personal safety, particularly within the home or when travelling in a vehicle.
Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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