The man drove up to the girl at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday as she was walking in front of an apartment building on the 2300 block of Del Mar Road in Montrose, Sams said.
Chloe Bennett, 12, was walking with the girl and three other friends as they were headed to Chloe’s home.
But as the girls walked into Chloe’s home, they heard a scream. They turned around and the girl was gone, she said.
“We didn’t think that could happen,” Chloe said. “We didn’t expect it.”
While Chloe and her friends wondered what happened to the girl, the man had reportedly opened his car’s passenger door and ordered the girl to get inside his car.
The man turned off his car’s engine, but the girl began running away, Sams said.
She stopped, hid behind a rock and ran toward her apartment building across the street, he said.
But the man turned on his car engine, began driving, made a U-turn and drove toward the girl as she ran to her apartment building, Sams said.
“She didn’t describe it as he was actively trying to run her down,” he said.
The girl reached her apartment building and the man made another U-turn on the street’s cul-de-sac and headed south on Del Mar Road toward Montrose Avenue, Sams said.
“She was quite terrified,” he said. “She was screaming all across the street.”
Chloe and her friends headed to the girl’s apartment because, she said, they were worried about her. The girl, who Chloe said is one of her best friends, was at the apartment when they got there and told them what had happened.
Chloe’s mother, Louise Bennett, was surprised that a kidnapping attempt could happen in her quiet and safe neighborhood.
“It doesn’t matter who was around. He just wanted to take one of the little girls,” she said.
Bennett will be reinforcing safety measures with her daughter.