Police: Man tries to abduct 11-year-old girl at Sevierville craf

Police: Man tries to abduct 11-year-old girl at Sevierville craft fair

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The Sevierville Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to abduct and steal a purse from an 11-year-old girl at the Great Smokies Craft Fair Saturday. The Sevierville Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to abduct and steal a purse from an 11-year-old girl at the Great Smokies Craft Fair Saturday.
Officers say they were called to the fair on West Dumplin Valley Road around noon. The 11-year-old victim said a man approached her as she was getting coffee at the snack back and accused her of stealing. Officers say they were called to the fair on West Dumplin Valley Road around noon. The 11-year-old victim said a man approached her as she was getting coffee at the snack back and accused her of stealing.
A surveillance camera was able to catch a glimpse of the suspect (source: Sevierville Police Department) A surveillance camera was able to catch a glimpse of the suspect (source: Sevierville Police Department)

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The Sevierville Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to abduct and steal a purse from an 11-year-old girl at the Great Smokies Craft Fair Saturday.

Officers say they were called to the fair on West Dumplin Valley Road around noon. The 11-year-old victim said a man approached her as she was getting coffee at the snack back and accused her of stealing.

The suspect told the girl he was with security and to follow him so he could check inside her purse. She followed him outside the building to the parking lot where he tried to grab her hand and her purse. The girl ran back inside the building to her mother.

Craft Fair security was unable to locate the suspect, described as a white man, 35 to 45 years old, bald, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, camouflage shorts and sandals.

A business within the building had a brief security video that appeared to show the victim walking behind the suspect, but police were unable to produce a suspect picture of sufficient quality.

Anyone with information should call SPD Det. Lt. Sam Hinson at (865) 868-1751.

Officers want to warn people to be cautious of people who claim to be security workers or police officers who are not in uniform and don't have proper identification. Children are especially cautioned to verify the identity of non-uniformed officers and not to go anywhere with them, but to instead notify a parent or guardian immediately.

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