Kidnapper of Dutch girl 'failed in earlier attempt'
24 May 2004, Kidnapped: Wei Wei Hu, 13
24 May 2004
Kidnapped: Wei Wei Hu, 13
AMSTERDAM — The man who kidnapped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in the eastern Dutch town of Rekken on Sunday is suspected of having tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl in Germany just 90 minutes earlier, it was reported Monday.
German police said on Monday the attempted kidnapping took place on Sunday afternoon in the western German border town of Ahaus. The town is situated just 10km away from Rekken, near the Dutch city Enschede.
The 15-year-old girl was also threatened with a knife, but together with a friend she escaped on her bicycle to a nearby home, Dutch news agency ANP reported.
German police have described the suspect as a 40 to 45-year-old man, 1.85m tall. He drove in a grey-green Mercedes 190 or W124 with a Dutch number plate. Dutch police have not yet commented on the possible German connection.
Dutch police have received 10 tips over the kidnapping of 13-year-old Wei Wei Hu, of the eastern Dutch town of Eibergen. "There are certainly interesting tips, but it is not certain if they will deliver something," a spokeswoman said.
The girl was riding her bike with a girl friend of the same age on the edge of Rekken when she was approached by a motorist on the Kienvenneweg at about 2.35pm on Sunday.
The girl, of Chinese ancestry, was forced at knifepoint into the car. The culprit then escaped.
The abduction took place 200m from the TBS psychiatric detention clinic Oldenkotte. Police ruled out any direct link with the clinic, but are investigating all angles to the case. No one has recently escaped from Oldenkotte.
Police searched the vicinity of the crime scene on Sunday night, but their efforts failed to yield any clues. Fifteen police officers also searched in vain in the Netherlands and Germany for the girl's whereabouts.
Investigation efforts are now centring on a description of the Dutch-speaking suspect. German police have been called in to assist in the investigation.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch + German news