COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The sound of a whistle stopped a man from nearly kidnapping two children in their neighborhood.
On Tuesday afternoon, a group of kids was outside playing a scavenger hunt. They were looking to enjoy their last week of summer before going back to school.
Two girls were walking by Gracewood and Havenwood drives when a man pulled up beside them in a white van. When the girls saw the man walk out of his car, they began walking away. Then, the man started running after the two girls: 10-year-old Alyssa and her 3-year-old friend. Alyssa blew a whistle to draw attention to her. Nearby, another friend heard the whistle and began to blow hers. Then, the man took off.
"This could have been a very unfortunate situation and I think the fact that they took those safety precautions saved the day," Sgt. Richard Duvall said.
The girls and their parents agree: the children won't play outside anymore without an adult present.
"You never think it's gonna happen to your own kid. You see it on the news all the time and you're like it ain't gonna happen here but it does," said Danielle Saiz, a mom of one of the girls.
After Tuesday's close call, one of the neighborhood moms bought all of the kids whistles, but the girls hope they never have to use it.
"We use this whistle as an emergency system, so I suggest if it's not for an important reason, don't use a whistle because anyone watching this now knows that whistles might be a warning signal," said one of the girls.
Police have a vague description of the man they're looking for. He's described as mixed race, between 20 and 30 years old. He's about 6 feet with short brown hair. He was driving a white van with tinted windows. Those who have information are asked to call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000.