Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 10:11 p.m.
A 6-year-old girl leaving a park restroom was nearly abducted Sunday by a 30-year-old Boulder City man, Henderson Police said.
James H. Allen was arrested Tuesday about 2:15 p.m. and booked into the Henderson Detention Center on kidnapping, child abuse and burglary charges, police said.
Police allege that Allen grabbed the girl as she was leaving a restroom at Mountain View Park on Wigwam Parkway near Valley Verde Drive about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The girl screamed for help, police said, and the suspect released her and fled in a faded red Volkswagen. The girl was not hurt.
Police were tipped off to Allen’s whereabouts and arrested him Tuesday.
Police recommend the following guidelines to keep children safe:
• Tell your children not to talk with adults they do not know.
• Anytime they are approached by an adult they should check with a parent, teacher or trusted adult.
• Children should never approach a vehicle. If they see a vehicle following them, they should tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult immediately
• Individuals who prey on children often try to gain a child’s confidence by asking for help looking for a lost pet or asking for directions. Talk with your children about these ploys.
• Role play with your children so they will know how to react if an incident occurs.
• Tell your children they should run away from the abductor, yell loudly and say something that will draw attention.
• Always report anything suspicious such as someone sitting in a car watching a playground or a school.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.