LONGMONT - A woman and her 12-year-old daughter say they were attacked Sunday by an armed stranger who demanded the mom hand over her daughter.
It happened near 15th Avenue and Emery Street in Longmont.
"As we were talking to mom, she said that once they left the home they saw this guy walking down the street. The 12-year-old told the mom, 'he's holding a gun,'" Abundant Life Christian Center Pastor Monica Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the mother and daughter ran to their church for help, right after the incident happened.
"Mom said, 'just walk faster, walk faster. Everything is going to be OK,'" Rodriguez said.
The mother said the guy started walking at a faster pace. Once she felt the steps right behind them, they both turned and said the man was pointing a gun towards them.
"[The man] was pulling on the 12-year-old's shirt and saying 'give me the girl.' If it wouldn't have been for that gray truck, God knows what would've happened," Rodriguez remarked.
Police say they're looking for the gray, extended cab truck. They hope the driver saw more. Investigators don't know the make and model of the car.
Police say the truck either stopped at the intersection or slowed down.
"This appeared to be some kind of a trigger that stopped the attack," Longmont Police Sgt. Eric Lewis said.
Police and neighbors are baffled.
"In my police experience this is very uncommon," Lewis said. "I'm not aware of anything similar to this in this community."
"This is something very unusual," Rodriguez said. "They were very, very shaken. They were frightened. They could barely talk."
Police say the suspect ran, and so far, they have a few leads.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He has a short goatee on his chin only.
He was wearing a red hat, black shirt and khaki shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call Longmont Police at 303-651-8555 you can also contact Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.
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