By Michael Stewart / Executive Editor
The Meridian Star
The Meridian Police Department released a composite drawing Tuesday of a suspect in an attempting kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl that occurred Saturday.
Police determined that a Sunday incident was not a second kidnapping attempt.
"It has been determined that this was not an attempted kidnapping based on the circumstances and after re-interviewing the victim," a press release states.
The Saturday incident was determined, however, to be an actual kidnapping attempt.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call of an attempted kidnapping in the 1500 block of 22nd Avenue Heights.
A 14-year-old girl told police a white male approached her and grabbed her, but she was able to escape his grip and ran away, according to a press release.
"Another vehicle drove by at this time and the suspect reentered his vehicle and fled the scene," according to the press release.
The man left in an older Ford pickup truck that was black, with stickers of an American flag and an eagle on the back window, according to the press release. The truck is believed to be an XLT model.
The girl was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
The man was described as tall and skinny, with semi-curly hair, a goatee and blue eyes. He appeared to be in his mid 20s. He may have a tattoo of a cross on his left arm. He was wearing a black shirt and bluejeans that had a hole in one knee.
In the Sunday incident, an 11-year-old girl told police she was approached by a white male in the 1600 block of 26th Avenue. The girl told police she thought the man tried to kidnap her and she ran away.
No arrests have been reported in two other crimes that occurred Saturday.
At about 9: 30 a.m., police were called to a convenience store in the 500 block of Highway 19 North to a report of an armed robbery.
A 79-year-old woman told police a young black male approached her, brandished a gun and took her purse before fleeing on foot.
At about 11 a.m., police responded to the 5200 block of 5th Street where they found a 17-year-old boy shot once in the upper leg.
The teenager told police that shots were fired from a small white car that passed by. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the Meridian Police Department at 601-485-1893 or Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.