The girl uses & # 39; code word & # 39; to outsmart an attempted kidnapper

A little girl escaped an attempted kidnapping after using a & # 39; codeword & # 39; that her parents had taught her to outsmart the perpetrator in Arizona.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office said that a girl, 10, was walking with a friend near a park in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood in San Tan Valley when a man behind a white SUV came running beside them.

The man reportedly told the girl that her brothers had a serious accident and that she had to go with him.

The mother of the girl Brenda James (photo) said she was grateful that her daughter was safe

The mother of the girl Brenda James (photo) said she was grateful that her daughter was safe

The girl was stopped by a man driving a white SUV on a road near San Tan Valley

The girl was stopped by a man driving a white SUV on a road near San Tan Valley

The girl was stopped by a man driving a white SUV on a road near San Tan Valley

The girl then asked the man what the & # 39; code word & # 39; was, but the man did not know and drove away.

The SUV is reportedly circled the park several times a day according to children living in the neighborhood.

The mother of the girl, Brenda James, said that the technique she taught her saved the life of her daughter.

"This time it saved the lives of my daughters," said Brenda James, the girl's mother.

James talked with ABC15 so that other parents could learn about code words as they did.

& # 39; We actually only got up a few months ago. So it was something very recents from a story that I read, "James said.

She told me that some guy was trying to catch her, that her brother had a serious accident and that she had to go with him

& # 39; Did he make an injection in the dark or did he know that she has a brother & # 39 ;.

Sherrif Mark Lamb said that teaching codewords for children was a good idea if they were ever approached by strangers

Sherrif Mark Lamb said that teaching codewords for children was a good idea if they were ever approached by strangers

Sherrif Mark Lamb said that teaching codewords for children was a good idea if they were ever approached by strangers

We sat down and we drove to the store, me and my husband and my two girls and we came up with this code word & # 39 ;.

Sheriff Mark Lamb said: "Kudos to this child's parents because they have a code word and talk about their children about strange danger," said Sheriff Mark Lamb.

We hope to clarify this, encourage parents to have that conversation and plan with their children so that they know what to do when they are in that situation & # 39 ;.

The SUV is reportedly circled the park several times a day according to children living in the neighborhood.

& # 39; This is generally what I consider to be a fairly safe area, I have never heard of anything bad, "said Patrick McDonald, who lives nearby.

Children in the neighborhood say that the SUV circled the park several times a day

Children in the neighborhood say that the SUV circled the park several times a day

Children in the neighborhood say that the SUV circled the park several times a day

Children in the neighborhood say that the SUV circled the park several times a day and that the man covered most of his face with his hand during a conversation with the girl to hide all identifying features.

The man is described as possible in his forties, with a short beard.

I will definitely go home and have a conversation with my daughter and at least develop a code word, & # 39; said McDonald.

Anyone with information or sees the suspect, you will be asked to call PCSO on (520) -866-5111 with some information.

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