A man tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl from a backyard Wednesday in Tacoma, police said.
The child was playing with siblings outside shortly before 5 p.m. in the 3100 block of South 17th Street, when the siblings either left for a moment or turned their backs to get a toy, then heard the toddler screaming, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The toddler held onto the fence with one arm after the man grabbed her and the 9-year-old girl was able to run over and grab her sister’s arm, tugging the child away from the man.
The two siblings, about 7 and 9 years old, saw the man picking up the 2-year-old, at which point they yelled, and he dropped the child before running away westbound down an alley, Cool said.
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She believes the children’s parents were inside the home at the time.
The man is described as black, in his late 20s, 5-foot-8 with a medium build. He had a short beard or was unshaven and wearing a black beanie, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with torn knees and high black boots.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.