PINSON, Ala. (WIAT) — A woman is looking for the community’s help in catching a man who she says almost snatched her 3-year-old daughter.
Ladedra Colvin and her daughter, Anais, have lived in their house in Pinson for a week.
The house sits alone on a hill, at the end of a long driveway on Dug Hollow Road. The property is surrounded by trees.
Colvin was sitting on the back porch Wednesday afternoon, watching Anais ride her bike down the porch’s ramp and onto the top of the driveway.
“She would get the bike, she would go back up the ramp, she would start all over again,” Colvin explained.
Colvin admits she was relaxed, and on the phone with her sister, when she heard Anais start to scream.
“She starts screaming, ‘No! Let me go! Let me go! No,'” Colvin said.
At first, Colvin thought Anais was just playing with the dog.
But the screaming didn’t stop.
“No! Stop! Stop! No!”
Colvin got up to check on her daughter, and saw a man on her driveway.
“(He was) holding onto her shirt,” Colvin said. “I was very afraid. Just the thought of me not moving in a timely manner (after) her second scream — I just can’t even think of what could have happened, or what he wanted with her — what he was going to do with her, a 3-year-old, innocent child.”
Colvin said the man must have been startled by her, so he let go of Anais and ran away, into a wooded area next to the driveway.
Colvin called 9-1-1.
Sgt. Jack Self with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said K9s were brought out to help search for a suspect, but the dogs could not track anyone.
Self said investigators have little to no leads in this case, but the department has sent extra patrols to the area.
Colvin spent Wednesday night with family in Tuscaloosa; she said she was too afraid to stay in her new home.
Now, she’s feeling better.
“I will not allow that to cause me to run from my home,” Colvin said. “I’m just going to be a little more cautious.”