Originally published by NBC Washington in June 2016.
A Maryland mother sharing a bed with her 7-year-old son awoke to his screams as a person attempted to kidnap the child through a window early Tuesday morning.
Police in Prince George’s County, Maryland are still searching for a person who tried to snatch the child while he slept at about 4 a.m. at a home in the 5900 block of L Street in Fairmount Heights.
“It’s real sad,” said the boy’s father, who asked not to be named. “You see it on TV all the time, but you don’t feel it until it hits home.”
Police dusted the bedroom windowsill for fingerprints, but they have only a vague description of the suspect. Officers spent Tuesday afternoon knocking on neighbors’ doors to try to uncover more information.
“Children in our community are always vulnerable,” said Officer Tyler Hunter. “When the child is the victim of any crime it’s frightening.”
“Somebody’s always doing something to children,” said Sherry Allen, who lives in the area.
She said she worries about children getting abducted from the library or from being outside without adult supervision.
Police have also posted a sign in the area to urge residents to call the Prince George’s County station with tips.
The boy’s father said he hopes police are able to identify a suspect in the case.
“I would like to see some justice,” he said.