Columbia Police respond to attempted kidnapping

Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 3:16 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A man tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl Sunday morning, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. 

Officers responded to a call from the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard at 8:25 a.m. Their investigation found that a man wearing a mask, jacket and blue jeans had grabbed the girl on her left arm while she and a 4-year-old child were playing outside. The girl freed herself and ran into the house. Police haven't found a suspect, Stroer said.  

Stroer said officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 Unit came to the scene with dogs to establish a scent track but were not successful.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous.

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Michael Williams November 11, 2012 | 5:57 p.m.

Same neighborhood where a group of 3 tried to home-invade my daughter. Police caught one guy at the rear door trying to force it. Although at gunpoint, the guy ran and got away. The officer gave chase, but could not catch him. Perhaps, given the stupid rules of engagement that we insist upon that hamper our police, we should employ track stars rather than trained police.

Not the police's fault at all; they responded quick enough to catch one of them.

It was the fault of we, the citizens. Criminals run....because they can. There is no downside to running. None at all. And criminals know that.........

(A police dog would have worked wonders. I wish each of our patrol officers had one in the back seat. Dogs have a rather calming effect upon the criminal populace, dontcha think? And most are track stars, too!)

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Corey Parks November 12, 2012 | 7:45 a.m.

The lack of athletic ability is also the result of lack of pride and honor in many forces and in the military as well. They create such low standards for the physical fitness tests that it is almost to the point of why even try.

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Michael Williams November 12, 2012 | 9:09 a.m.

Corey: My post certainly was not intended as a slam against the athletic ability of our police forces. Could you run with all that weight hanging on your belt?

My point is that criminals are able to take the words "Freeze, police!" as a suggestion....not an order. That's our fault...i.e., we citizens.

There is little downside to running except maybe some full underwear that need changing. I really like the "dogs on a leash" concept....dogs calm us in soooo many ways.

PS: I really LOVE those police shows where an officer/criminal pair run 3 or 4 miles in a chase. And, after it's all over, within 5 seconds everyone has their breath back. Funny stuff!

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Corey Parks November 12, 2012 | 9:30 a.m.

I agree I think a dog is a game breaker. It would be as if you want them to run so that they get what they deserve. What is the range on a tazer if one was to shoot at at a person?

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Michael Williams November 12, 2012 | 10:18 a.m.

What is the range on a tazer if one was to shoot at at a person?

I dunno, but it's short enough that I wouldn't take one deer hunting.

Dogs are great "calmers" in potentially violent situations; I think this has origins that are deeply biological, relating to a predator/prey response with the human being the prey part. There is a fear of unpredictability, the horror of running from big canines, and a knowledge that while a bullet might miss, a dog won't. Nobody likes the prospects of being "eaten" alive even if it is only your arm. Snapping canines are more intimidating than blue uniforms...biologically, that is. Personally, I respect both, but biologically I'd rather surrender to a police officer than run from a dog.

Do I wish the officer confronting the invader at my daughter's back door had a dog. You betcha... Why, you ask?

Because I want the same option for the officer confronting an invader at YOUR back door.

But then I'm the sort of person that wants officers to have more options than we let them have.

PS: I'm aware we'll never have too many dogs. They are expensive and we can't afford them. I can't afford a vintage Corvette Stingray either, but I still wish I had one. ;^)

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