Akron girl kidnapped walking home from school, then released; police hunting for suspect

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - In a frightening and bizarre turn of events, a 10-year-old Akron girl was kidnapped then released minutes later Tuesday afternoon.

Akron schools are advising parents to be alert after the David Hill School student reported a man abducted her.

The student was walking home at about 2:25 p.m. in the area of Ardella and Austin Avenues, and was about two blocks from the school, when she says this happened.

She told her mother she was screaming and the man said if she told anyone he would rape and kill her.

The kidnapper then allegedly dropped her off 10 minutes later near the Burger King on South Arlington Street.

The man is described as a white, in his 30's, balding, heavyset and wearing black denim shorts and a blue shirt.

His van is described as black with no side windows.

So far no surveillance cameras have any images of the incident the girl reported.

Akron Police detectives are looking for the suspect and the vehicle, and are checking with local residents or businesses in that area that have security cameras in hopes of finding some video of the suspect.

Anyone with information should call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490.

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