Attempted Abduction Reported In Washington Co.

By: Harold Hayes

CANTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) –Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping in Washington County Monday night.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the alleged incident happened in the Brook Avenue Town and Country Trailer Park in Canton Township, around 8:30 p.m.

The mother of the 9-year-old girl, who reported that someone tried to kidnap her, said her daughter is traumatized by the experience.

“Now she’s looking behind her and she’s scared. It’s a shame that now my daughter’s got to live like that,” Melissa Craig said.

She said once her daughter reported that three men in a car pulled up to her and one of them tried to snatch her away, her son tried to chase down the car, but they got away.

Other neighbors who live in the trailer park said they will keep a closer eye on their kids.

State Police said the vehicle was possibly a white Chevrolet Cavalier.

The man was last seen wearing a white tank top, jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police.


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  • Dena K

    What kind of parent allows a 9 year old outside alone at 8:30 at night? I am very happy the child is safe!

    • Neighbor

      Really, this family has probably gone threw and emotional roller coaster ride and you lash out at their parenting skills???? Nice job. Way to show support. I hope that people throw stones at you or your neighbors, (the way you have done) if this should ever be as unlucky to have this happen in your neck of the woods.

    • 8:30? Not too bad during this time of year

      My kids are out all the time at 8:30. It’s still light out at that time. Front yard, back yard, down the street—children can get abducted anywhere. The story stated that the child resides in a trailer park. From what I’ve seen, the homes are pretty close together. Maybe she was walking home from a friends house. There are a thousand different reasons why this child was out. Fact of the matter is, there are predators out there EVERYWHERE. There have been for decades, we just need to keep watching our children and continue to educate them on how to handle a situation like this. I teach my boys to always be aware of their surroundings, look at cars you don’t know or are not familiar with, be aware of what is going on as far as you can see. I’m just glad that the child is ok.

    • Really

      Its still light out at 8:30….and you can’t tell how close the girl was to her home…you should not judege

  • cobalt

    I still think it’s a bad idea for a kid to be out that late alone if they’re not in their yard and if they are in the yard the parent should be watching them.

  • Larry

    kids go missing in their front yards, doesnt make it ok just bc they are close to home

  • Melanie

    I actually live in this park and have three children. My 8 year old and my 4 year old were playing in our yard at that time just distance away from the kitchen windows that I watch them out of. There are kids of all ages and adults out at this time of night and this still happened. Stop throwing stones when you don’t know the facts. it is a close community and as most people, we thought this would never hit this close to home. So before you judge peoples parenting skills, learn the facts and hope one day it isn’t in your neighborhood.

  • Old Yeller

    Makes no sense, how do you know what kind of sneakers the guy had if he was driving??

    • Neighbor

      If you read carefully there were three guys. She was describing the guy that grabbed her, not the driver.

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