Group of young kids runs to help girl who blew whistle because she was afraid of potential kidnapper

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A group of young girls may have helped prevent a kidnapping in Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon.

A 10-year-old girl told police she was walking with a 3-year-old child near Gracewood Drive and Basswood Drive when a man started walking behind them.

The girls became scared and blew a whistle and began screaming loudly, police said.

At that point, the man started to run at them, the 10-year-old girl said.

As many as 10 young girls heard the whistle and came running out of a nearby house, police said. When the man saw the girls running toward him, he turned around, ran to his van and drove off, witnesses told police.

The man is described as approximately 6 feet tall, with short, dark brown hair.  One witness reported that the man might have a tattoo on the outside of his right calf. His vehicle is described as a white passenger van with a large single window in the back with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man or the van he was driving is encouraged to call CSPD at 719-444-7000.

Investigators said the 10-year-old girl did "a great job of identifying danger and taking action to alert others."

With the school year beginning, officials encourage families to talk to children about safety while playing or walking to and from school. One online resource that provides recommended ways to talk with children about stranger danger is the National Crime Prevention Council.

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