Neighborhood on alert after abduction attempt in Bexley

BEXLEY, OH (WCMH) — An attempted child abduction in Bexley has a tight-knit neighborhood on guard and a local mother pleading for the man who helped prevent it to step forward with more details on the suspect.

Annastacia Michaels told NBC4’s Matt Edwards that her 12-year-old daughter initially wasn’t sure if the suspect was serious or playing a prank when he offered her candy to get in his car. But when she ignored him, it became clear that the situation was no joke.

“The man became angry and started shouting at her, saying ‘Get in my car now!’ and started screaming at her,” Michaels said.

Her daughter became upset and began to run as the man continued to shout. Fortunately, someone driving by stopped and confronted the man trying to lure the girl into his car. As the suspect left, the man who confronted him asked the girl if she was okay. She said yes and he also left the scene but never called police – but Annastacia hopes that changes.

“Maybe he’ll come forward and have a better description than what my daughter could do,” she said, adding that her daughter intentionally avoided eye contact and is too young to recognize vehicle makes and models.

“We’re hopeful that he will come forward and give those details that we’re missing.”

If you or someone you know has any information on this case, the Bexley Police Department can be reached at  614-559-4444. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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