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Girls, 15, say men tried to kidnap them in Colorado Springs neighborhood

Happened Monday near Sand Creek High School

Girls, 15, say men tried to kidnap...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping near Sand Creek High School.

The incident happened Monday morning near the intersection of Pony Tracks Drive and Blazing Trail Drive on the city's northeast side.

Police say two 15-year-old girls were walking northbound on Pony Tracks when they were passed by a gray, older model sedan with two or three people inside.

The car drove up next to the girls a short time later and the front passenger asked them if they wanted a ride to Sand Creek High.

The girls refused the ride, at which time police say the man grabbed one of the teens by the arm and said: "get in or else."

The girl pulled away from the man's grasp and both ran away to a nearby field and called the police.

The girls said they did not recognize the men in the car.

The passenger who grabbed one of the girls is described as a white male in his mid-20s who was wearing a black hat and a black hoodie. 

The driver is described as a heavy-set white male with short hair. He was wearing a bright red shirt.

Neighbors and parents said they can't believe such an incident would happen in their quiet neighborhood.

"'I'm surprised and frightened that someone would attempt to do that during the day, and with older girls instead of younger children," said Victoria Daniels.

Crissy Moran also was surprised.

"I have three kids, so I'm definitely not going to let them out alone," she said.  "It's been a few years since I've had a safety talk with them.  I think it's time for another."

Sean Vogel is one of many parents who drive their kids to and from the neighborhood schools daily,

"My son hates it," he said.  "He wants to know why he can't ride his bike or walk with other kids.  I tell him this is why -- because you never know what can happen."

You are asked to call 719-444-7000 or 719-634-STOP (7867) if you have any information about this attempted kidnapping.

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