The police are asking for the public’s help in the search for two suspects, a man and a woman, involved in Monday’s kidnapping of a 5-year-old girl and have raised the reward to $10,000 for information leading to their arrest. The woman, who picked up the girl on Monday morning at her school, Bryant Elementary at 60th and Cedar, was wearing dark-colored Muslim garb covering her face. She is described as a black female in her late 20′s, 5’5″ to 5’8″, thin build, with greenish or light eyes and possibly pregnant. She reportedly told the girl that her name was “Rashida.”
The child was taken out of the Hazel Street exit of the school and walked left on 61st Street, a police report states. The woman took the child to a residence several blocks away where she was joined by a man, who is described as a light-skinned (possibly white) male, in his mid-30s, with short brown hair.
Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby said at a news conference that the child was interviewed by police and said that at the residence where she was taken to she was told to remove clothing and was restrained. Darby also said that investigators have narrowed their search for the suspects to an area from Spruce to Christian streets and from 56th Street to Cobbs Creek Parkway. Police are going door to door on those blocks and handing out flyers.
If you have any information about this crime or the suspects please contact Detective Gonzalez, Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251/3252/3265.