Posted at: 07/31/2013 6:57 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A man who police say tried to abduct two girls in Northwest Albuquerque is still on the loose.
The two girls were playing at a park behind their home and fought back the man tried to grab them.
Brian Maggard is proud of his daughter and granddaughter.
"This makes you want to lock them up and not let them out," he said.
Police say a man tried to abduct the nine and 10-year-olds at Riverview Park in Northwest Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon.
The girls were about four feet from his backyard when the man stranger first approached them.
"[He] asked them what they were doing and then he left," said Maggard.
But the man came back and suddenly picked up one of the girls.
“She went limp,” he said. “The other one, he tried to grab her. She tried to wiggle away and he ran off laughing."
Not a laughing matter, Maggard tried to stop the man.
"I got in the car and tried to chase him, but he was long gone," he said.
Albuquerque police are looking for the suspect.
Officers are patrolling the park new Golf Course Road and Paseo del Norte.
"It's scary because you try to take your kids to the park to have fun. So definitely keep a good eye on the kids," said Sally Taylor who lives nearby.
One of the girls thought she saw the man earlier that day at the checkout line at the Wal-Mart near Cottonwood Mall.
Police have looked through surveillance video but haven’t been able to verify the man was there.
Maggard has this to say about the man who tried to take his girls:
"I'm a Christian. I have no ill will toward this man but he should be punished and he should not be able to do this to some other child."
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man with dark hair, glasses, last seen wearing a dark blue shirt.