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April 9, 2008
Report by Lisa Rantala
EAST TOLEDO -- Toledo police want you to be on the lookout for a man who may have tried to abduct a four-year-old girl.
News 11's Lisa Rantala reported live from the neighborhood.
It was here in east Toledo, just a few houses down on Forsythe Road.
The mom tells us it was 7:30 at night, still light out. She says her daughter usually stays in front of their home, but a neighbor spotted her seven houses down with a stranger.
Outside play nearly took a dark turn for four-year-old Nya Turks.
Mother Shanna Turks tells News 11, "It was a matter of two minutes. That's how quick it was."
Nya's mother called for her daughter Monday night, who was supposed to be in the front yard. Shanna told Lisa Rantala, "See that big bush down there? That's where she was standing at... that far down."
That's where a neighbor spotted Nya with a stranger... a middle aged man. He was holding her by the arm and told the neighbor he was helping Nya look for her dog.
Det. Gene Kutz of the Toledo police Department explained, "She yells back, you know your dog is chained up in your back yard."
Detectives say once confronted, the man walked off and got in his car parked feet away. They don't think he wanted to drive off with Nya, rather get her between the homes.
Detective Kutz says, "We don't believe there were any good intentions whatsoever."
Shanna says, "I'm just glad I didn't have to see what could have happened."
Nya is now safe and sound with her dog, but isn't saying much about the incident.
And as her mom warns her once again about trusting strangers, police want to warn others about a predator who may be targeting small children. Shanna says, "You try to tell her the best you can that there are a lot of bad people out there. Not everybody is as nice as they seem."
Here's a description of the man. Police say he looked to be in his mid-40's, 5' 7", chunky with brown hair and brown facial hair.
They say he was driving an older model, red, four door car.
They are checking with Wood County for similar cases there.