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Police look for others who may have encountered man accused of trying to kidnap 12-year-old girl in White Marsh

Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 16:05:27-04

WHITE MARSH, Md. — UPDATE: Baltimore County Police detectives have arrested and charged a suspect connected to the April 3 attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl in White Marsh.

He has been identified as 24-year-old Jawuan Williams, and he's currently being held without bail.

Police are asking anyone else who may have had similar interactions with him to call them at 410-307-2020.

A photo of Williams and the car he was driving is provided below.

Jawuan Williams
Jawuan Williams

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Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping and assault that occurred on April 3 in White Marsh.

Around 4:30 p.m., a 12-year-old girl was walking in the 4400 block of Fullerton Avenue when she was approached by an unknown man who assaulted her and then pulled her into his vehicle.

The girl was able to escape from the vehicle and then flagged down a passing driver for help.

It happened near Fullerton Elementary School.

Parents whose kids play soccer behind the school said they were told about the incident on Tuesday.

“As a parent, that’s terrifying. That’s your worst fear. Someone grab your kid in roll and you have no idea how to get him back,” said Alison Tormollen, who has three daughter.

A woman who didn’t want us to use her name brought her brothers and sisters to the nearby park who she said used to go to Fullerton.

She said she can’t help but to think what if it happened to them.

“It’s sad because I have a 12-year-old sister. That could have been her,” she said. Then i got brothers and sisters that live in this area. I would have been terrified if that was them.

With more kids heading back to school, parents said this incident is a reminder to talk with your kids about how to stay safe.

“Letting all children know, to keep their eyes out, not to be distracted. not to be listening to music while they’re walking. Making sure you have a rape whistle, mace, something like that’s going to get attention for you. Preparing your children for the worse. not to scare them but just so in case it happens they know what to do,” Tormollen said.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a silver Nissan Altima.

Anyone with information on the identity of the individual or vehicle seen in these photos is asked to call 410-307-2020.