FEDERAL WAY — A young 8-year-old girl fought off a man who is believed to have attempted to lure her Saturday afternoon near the Brigadoon Elementary School.
“I heard a guy who said, ‘Do you want some candy?’,” Nevaeh told investigators. “And I screamed, ‘No’ and I ran down the hill and I tripped.”
According to Nevaeh, she was walking across the Brigadoon Elementary School fields to meet up with some friends. It was then that a man approached her and offered her candy. When she ran, and then tripped, Nevaeh said the man caught up with her and grabbed her.
“That’s how the guy caught me — by the waist — and I started screaming,” Nevaeh said. “I started to scratch and bite and then he let go. I ran toward my friends and then back to my friend’s house.”
Nevaeh’s mother said the incident is unnerving. “It freaks me out and it’s that close to a school. I live close to the school so it would be safer,” Laurie, Nevaeh’s mother, said.
Neighbors said there was a similar attack on a young girl in May, but police don’t know if the incidents are related.
Sunday afternoon, Nevaeh and her mother went to the Federal Way Police Department to work with a sketch artist. Fortunately for police, Nevaeh said she has a good memory and can express herself well. She described the suspects as a Hispanic man in his 30s with brown hair and a mustache.
Police hope to release a composite sketch of the suspect Monday.