HENDERSON, Nev. – A 30-year-old Boulder City man was arrested Tuesday afternoon accused of attempting to abduct a 6-year-old girl from a local park on Sunday.
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. He was being held without bail.
Allen is accused of grabbing a 6-year-old girl as she was leaving a restroom at Mountain View Park on Wigwam Parkway Sunday about 11:30 a.m. The girl was able to scream for help prompting the suspect to release her and flee the area in an older faded red Volkswagen. The girl was unharmed but very scared.
Detectives were led to Allen by a concerned citizen who called in after seeing the story on the news and providing information on the suspect’s identity. When detectives arrested Allen he had the older faded red Volkswagen Golf.
Allen was seen in the park prior to the attempted abduction. Several witnesses placed Allen at the park prior to the incident and fleeing the park after the girl screamed for help.
“I would like to thank the citizen who came forward with information that was vital in solving this case,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We need the help of everyone to ensure that our community remains one of the safest cities in the country.”
In Sunday’s incident the girl did what she should by calling for help and drawing attention to the situation. Parents should talk with their children about strangers and what to do in similar situations.
- 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 such as “Help! This is not my Dad. Help! I am being kidnapped.” If children just scream, people might think the child is only throwing a tantrum.
- 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 www.crimestoppersofnv.com