7-year-old kidnapped walking to the store leads to massive manhunt

Law enforcement is on the hunt for a perpetrator following the abduction of a 7-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas. Lillie May Anderson was with her 9-year-old sibling, walking to a shop on Sunday when they were approached by a stranger in a car. The man proposed to give them a ride to the store, and they agreed to get in.

When they arrived at the Family Dollar store, the suspect asked the boy to check if it was open. As soon as the child got out of the car, the man drove off with Lillie May. The first emergency call was made by a witness who found the boy walking alone in the parking lot. The boy attempted to give a description of the perpetrator to the officers when they showed up.

“He gave us an accurate depiction of the car he was in, but he is only nine and his emotions were everywhere,” said Corey Smith, a relative, to KDFW-TV. “He was crying and I could tell he was trying to be strong.”

Police issued an Amber Alert around 6:45 p.m. to alert the public of Lillie May’s disappearance. At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Monday, the girl was discovered walking up a sidewalk at the apartment complex where she lived by one of her neighbours. This was 6 hours after the Amber Alert was issued.

The suspect is described as a black man, around 30 years old, with short gray hair and driving a “gray crossover-type” vehicle. The Dallas Police Department is calling for assistance from the public in identifying the suspect and are being assisted by the FBI and the Secret Service in their investigation.