Two sisters share advice after escaping would-be kidnapper

OLYMPIA, Wash. (KCPQ) — Stranger danger is what we tell our kids to yell if a stranger tries to snatch them.

We tell them to fight and run and yell for help. And that is exactly what two little girls in Olympia did.

The girls and their dad showed us how they got away, as police continue to search for the man who tried to kidnap them.

Sisters Aireyana and Ember love nothing more than playing together outside. But on Sunday afternoon, the girls say playtime went from fun to frightening.

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High-profile kidnapping cases through the years

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002 when she was 14. She was found nine months later after she was recognized while out in public with her captors. Brian David Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart and was sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Mitchell's estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, admitted to her role in the kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Jaycee Lee Dugard

Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 near Lake Tahoe when she was 11 and held her captive for 18 years. Dugard was forced to live in tents and sheds behind Garrido's home in California. She was found in 2009 after Garrido brought her to his parole meeting and investigators became suspicious. Phillip Garrido reportedly raped her for years and fathered two children with her. Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life.  

Nancy Garrido
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Jaycee Lee Dugard
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Phillip Garrido
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Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the American aviator, was kidnapped from his home in March 1932. A ladder was used to climb up to the baby's bedroom and a ransom note was left behind. The infant's body was later discovered near the Lindbergh's mansion in New Jersey. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of murder and was later executed by electric chair.

Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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Bruno Richard Hauptmann
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Caylee Anthony

3-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. She wasn't reported missing until a month later when her mother, Casey Anthony, told investigators that a babysitter kidnapped her. The young girl's remains were found in a wooded-area in December 2008. Casey Anthony stood trial for her daughter's murder but was acquitted.

Caylee Anthony
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Casey Anthony
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Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch vanished when she was 10-years-old in 1998 while walking to school. The woman broke free on August 23, 2006, after living for eight years in a small basement area under a garage next to the suspected kidnappers house in Strasshof, 15 miles outside of the capital Vienna. The suspect, Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide after Kampusch managed to escape.


Carlina White

Carlina White, seen here as a baby and adult, was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital in 1987. As she grew up she began to question if the woman who was raising her was actually her mother. After doing some research she discovered a picture of herself when she was an infant on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website and was eventually reunited with her family 23 years later. The woman who abducted her, Ann Pettway, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Relisha Rudd

8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared on March 1, 2014. She was last seen spending time with the janitor of the homeless shelter where she stayed with her mother. That man, Kahlil Tatum later killed himself but Relisha has never been found.

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Olympia Police say it happened on Wiggins Road SE. The girls were riding their bikes, when 7-year-old Ember decided to chase a cat into a bushy area. Police say a man came out of bushes, grabbed her arm and tried to pull her away.

"I was really calm about it," said Aireyana. "She (Ember) was screaming and kicking him in the shin. She kicked him in the shin twice."

Fighting and kicking and screaming, Ember says she broke free and ran home. But then, her 10-year-old sister said, the man grabbed her by the leg.

"I fell off my bike. I pulled away from him and got away," said Aireyana.

Both girls ran home to tell their father, Robbie.

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"They were saying 'Daddy there's a man in the bush! There's a man in the bush!' and I came barreling outside, but by the time I got here, he was already gone," said Robbie.

Robbie said he called 911. Olympia K-9 units searched the area, but didn't find the man. While police investigate, Robbie said he's not letting his girls out of his sight.

"It only takes 30 seconds for them to just disappear forever. If I'm not out there, or an adult, they won't be outside, not even in the bush connected to our house; apparently that's not even safe," said Robbie.

He added that he taught them what to do.

"I told them to kick anywhere they have to and get away as fast as you can," said Robbie.

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And he hopes other parents will do the same.

"Kick them in the shins and run and tell your parents. And scream like 'stranger danger' or something," said Ember and Aireyana.

Olympia police say the suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 with a muscular build and dark hair. He wore a red sleeveless T-shirt and blue jeans with black and white tennis shoes. He had a goatee and a tattoo on his upper left shoulder.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Olympia Police Department.

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