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Arlington police search for suspect who attempted kidnapping of 9-year-old girl

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KENNEDALE, TX -- Arlington Police are on the lookout for a man who tried to kidnap a 9-year-old in the 5200 block of Glen Meadow Drive in Arlington.

Police say the child is a student at R. F. Patterson Elementary School. She had just been dropped off at a bus stop and was on her way home Tuesday afternoon when a man in dark clothing walked up from behind and grabbed her.

"The reason why we believe there's a lot of validity to this is that she actually turned around to try to get away and scratched the suspect. So we were able to recover some DNA from her fingernails," Lt. Christopher Cook from the Arlington Police Department said.

She eventually was able to get free and ran home.

Lt. Cook said they are sending that DNA to a lab to get tested, and if the suspect has ever been to prison, they'll get a match.

The attempted kidnapper is being described as a Hispanic male, around 30-years old, 5'8" to 5'10" and weighing 160 to 170 pounds.

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