HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton neighborhood is on alert after a sexual assault and an attempt to lure a child into a car that police say do not appear to be related.
Parents have been keeping their children within eye shot this past week after they say a man tried to grab a 10-year-old child on Williver Drive and put her in his car. Aaron Harris tells us he was outside when he saw a suspicious man in a red Dodge Charger.
“He kept circling around through here, around and around and the kids are out here playing all the time,” said Harris.
Harris says after the man passed through the neighborhood multiple times he got out of the car and approached a young girl.
“I guess the guy found one he could possibly pick up and drive off with," Harris said.
The child’s mother did not want to be identified but tells FOX19 the man yelled, “Get in this car,” to her daughter.
"He was chasing her trying to grab her. She was screaming. He hopped in his car and we ran him off," said Harris.
It reportedly happened Sunday morning. Three days later, about a mile away, police were called to the 1000 block of Symmes Avenue. That’s where, according to the police report, a woman was forced into the back of a car and sexually assaulted. The report states the woman was able to fight back and get out of the car.
“That’s unbelievable, really. I’m just happy she was able to get away honestly,” said Shayla Gibson.
Gibson lives just a few doors down from where the attack on Symmes Avenue happened.
“It just worries me and my family. I have all females here. I have two little sisters. I have a 2-year-old son. It just worries me it’s really upsetting," she said.
Police say the Red Dodge Charger seen on Williver Drive is a 2016 sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamilton police.