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Attempted Abduction Reported in Riverside

On August 3, 2011 at a little after 12:00 pm CDT, the Sioux City Police Dept was contacted about an attempted abduction of two children in the 1100 Block of Pacquette. At about 12:00 two children, a female who is 11 years old and a male who is 9 years old, saw a van with two males in it. One of the males told the children that they were friends with their mother and she was hurt. He told the children that they needed to get into the van with them.

The children told the males that they did not believe them and refused to get near the van. They said that the males got out and tried to grab them. The two children were able to get away and rushed back to their grandparent’s house.

There were two suspects in this incident, the first, who was driving the van, is described as a white male in his 30’s. He is obese and wears a goatee. His ear lobes were stretched out and he had large black plugs in the holes. He also has tattoos on his neck and arms and was wearing a black shirt.

The second suspect is described as about 5’10” and 230 pounds and has short dark hair. He had a mask over his face and had tattoos all over his arms. This suspect also spoke with an accent that sounded like he was from Pakistan or India.

The van that the two were in was a Blue and Silver van of an unknown make and model. The paint was weathered and chipped and it looked to be a 1990’s make.

Incidents of stranger abductions are rare and since 2005, the SCPD has received 5 reports of people attempting to entice a child away into a car. Although rare, these are dangerous situations and children need to be taught how to stay safe like the two children in this incident. Child should be taught that they need to stay ALERT to where they are and who or what is around them. Possible dangers to be AWARE of include suspicious people or vehicles, stray dogs, and other hazards. Should a child become aware of a danger, they need to AVOID that danger and get somewhere safe like home, school, or a public place where they can call for help. Officers with the SCPD are available for talking to kids about safety and they can be scheduled by calling 898-4537 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Investigators with the SCPD will continue to investigate this matter and seek the public’s help. If you have information on this matter, please call 279-6365.

Tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers at 279-TIPS (8477) or texted to CRIMES (274637) with “SCPDTIP” in the message. Tipsters can also submit tips via Facebook at the City of Sioux City Police or Siouxland Crime Stoppers page. All tipsters are anonymous and any tip leading to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward.


Sioux City Police Department

601 Douglas St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

phone: 712-279-6440
fax: 712-279-6148

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to locate individuals who have
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