Girl Thwarts Abduction Attempt In Hammond, Ind.

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — Two children walking to school in Hammond, Ind. Monday morning had the fright of their young lives.

A stranger pulled alongside as they walked down 171st place on their way to Thomas Jefferson Elementary, just two blocks away. The man stopped and told them to get in his car.

They refused, and ran to school.

Police responded within minutes and tried to find the man, but a very worried mom wants the whole community on alert.

Rachel Jankovic is thankful her daughter wasn’t harmed and that she seemed to know just what to do.

Nine-year old Abigail Jankovic was walking to school early this morning with a 10-year old neighbor when she realized she was being followed by a car.

“He said get in,” the girl tells CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez.

The man — Abigail describes him as older with gray hair, a knit cap and a four-door beige car — even got out and ordered the little girl in.

“I didn’t say anything. I just kept walking. I didn’t want to make contact because he could try to trick me into something,” she says.

As Abigail and her friend picked up their pace, the stranger circled the block a few times leaving only when her school. Thomas Jefferson Elementary was in view. School officials were quick to act.

Rachel Jankovic got a call from the school, saying she needed to come right away.

“I almost thought I would have a heart attack,” the mother says.

Abigail’s stepdad wants other parents to beware.

“Watch your kids, take them to school. This guy isn’t going to stop, unless he’s caught,” Sasha Jankovic says.

Abigail says she didn’t run home because she didn’t want the stranger to know where she lives.

She also said if she’d had her phone with her, she would have snapped a picture of the license plate. And she’s grateful to the older neighbor who put himself between her and the street to protect her.

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  • Jack

    Good story. Kids need to be aware that there are predators out there.

  • Ailin

    The guy got out of his car?? What a nutter. Very glad the girl had common sense of what to do. They need to put a watch on all schools in the area.

  • Mary Paz

    10 years old walking alone…???…???

  • rosa

    Childern of any age should never walk alone! There are dangerous people everywhere! All childern should know what to do n a situation like this! Very proud of Abigail she did the right thing!

  • Annie

    No, this little girl did NOT know what to do in this situation. She’s extremely lucky the guy didn’t just pick her up & throw her into the car. Both children should NOT have continued walking to school, they should have NOT quickened their pace. They both should have started screaming on the top of their lungs & should have RUN to the nearest house where someone looked like they were home, in order to get to safety. You do NOT just “keep walking” in a situation like this.

  • jamie

    We know how we would react in this situation as adults but this is a 9 year old girl who did the first thing she could think of at that time and that was to get away. Her parents had a buddy system in place so she was never alone. Some parents dont have the option or a way to drive their children to school. Rachel wanted evryone to know about this situation so we wee aware of the dangers that can occur even blocks from our homes not to be judged or told how to be a parent. I thank God that Abigal is okay.

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