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Deputies search for man in attempted kidnapping

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It's not uncommon to see Vicki Hillis playing outside with her son, 10-year-old Clay.

But on Friday, she watched him a little more closely than usual.

"Personally, I never thought I'd have to have it in my neighborhood," Hillis said, referring to having a the stranger danger conversation with her son.

Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday a man tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in their Simpsonville neighborhood. They said the incident took place near the intersection of Neely Farm Drive and Wild Horse Creek Drive.

Hillis said her son knows not to talk to strangers.

"I also tell him if somebody does try to take you or touch you or anything like that just scream- 'No!'"

Investigators said the man was driving a red suburban SUV.

"She said the driver let the passenger window down and with real deep voice made a comment to her and said 'Get in the truck,'" Lt. Tim Ridgeway said.

He works with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and said the girl ran and told her parents.

"She heard the tire squealing and she was afraid he was going to turn around and come for her," Ridgeway said.

He said the man didn't chase the girl and drove out of the neighborhood.

Since then, Bill Snyder, who also lives in the neighborhood talked to his children about the incident. He works in law enforcement and also teaches a concealed weapons courses at Topgun's Tactical Training. He said children can protect themselves the same way as if they came across a gun.

"Stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell an adult," Snyder said.

And if they're walking in the neighborhood, he said they should be aware.

"I try to teach about situational awareness, be aware of your surroundings," Snyder said.

And that's what Hillis said she hopes her son, Clay will do.

Deputies said the girl noticed a Miami Dolphin's sticker on the back window of the SUV. If you have any information about the case call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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