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Jul 23, 2014 8:01 PM by Akeam Ashford

Community Shocked After Attempted Child Abduction

There are new developments in an attempted abduction of a Youngsville child.

As we reported Tuesday, a male suspect allegedly approached a young child in the Copper Meadows subdivision, asking the child to get into his vehicle.

The homeowners association says the girl got away. The girl's father then called Youngsville Police.

"At any point or time you can come out to the park and there's 10 to 15 families out there, all conversing and playing with their children and socializing," said Jamey Abshire, Copper Meadows Homeowners Association President.

The subdivision is a relatively new, quiet neighborhood in Youngsville.

Abshire said the community was shocked after the 6-year-old girl was approached by a man she doesn't know, and was asked to get in his car.

"It made us aware that things like this can happen to us, no matter how safe we think our community is," said Abshire.

Abshire said the community is working with police to come up with any new leads.

"We actually sent out an email to our residents to see if anybody had any kind of surveillance cameras on their homes to please check them for any leads," said Abshire.

Abshire added he has asked the homeowners to turn those tapes into the Youngsville Police Department.

"We request the residents in that area to be on the look out for vehicles you don't recognize," said Lieutenant Marc LeBlanc with the Youngsville Police Department. "Any behavior that would send up a red flag as suspicious, they should report it."

"In this day and age you have to automatically think the worst. I mean, just be aware and be safe," said Abshire.

Police said they have ramped up patrols in the area as they continue to look for any new leads in the case.

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