Neighbors say a man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl near her Santa Ana home was canvassing the area for hours before he attacked. Janet Kwak reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 16, 2012.
Santa Ana police are looking for the man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl outside her home on S. Townsend Street Sunday.
The girl was playing on her scooter with a 4-year-old boy when the man – who neighbors say was canvassing the area for hours – approached her.
“He says I have something for you to give to your mother, she pays attention to him,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna with Santa Ana police.
The boy says the man threw the scooter before he threw the girl in his car – described as a two-door grey sedan with a moon roof and spoiler.
The suspect – described standing 5 feet 7 inches tall in his 30s or 40s – reportedly took the girl to a nearby parking lot where he sexually assaulted her, police said.
Neighbors found the girl crying and shaking two blocks away near two hours later.
“She couldn’t do anything. She’s a child, a baby,” said the victim’s sister, who wanted to remain anonymous.
The girl’s sister said she was watching a movie inside when her sister went missing. Neighbors say that’s behavior that needs to change.
“You might be inside watching your television show, but your kids are outside playing, that’s not right. You need to be out here watching your kids,” said Manuel, a neighbor.
Anyone with information is urged to call Santa Ana police.