RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Brocks describe their parenting style as protective. They say the stress they put on their family’s safety paid off in January when their 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, ran to them, saying a man had tried to take her.
“I’m so thankful that she ran,” said an emotional Brooke Brock.
On Jan. 24, the Brocks were at a local restaurant in the old Richmond Mall, getting ready to celebrate a family member’s birthday. Hannah was making trips in and out of the building with decorations from the car.
Brock said her daughter described noticing a car in the parking lot driving in circles.
“She said, ‘I just had an eerie feeling, Mom. Something didn’t feel right,’” recounted Brock.
Hannah turned to pick up more decorations from inside her cousin’s minivan. She described to her mother that she turned around to see a truck pulled up directly behind her and a man with his hands extended out, reaching for her.
“It could have been a lot different if she just hadn’t been paying attention,” said Brock.
Hannah ran inside.
“Her entire body was shaking and she was crying hysterically,” described Brock.
Brock said she spent ten minutes calming down her daughter. The family called 911, but the truck was gone by then.
Brock said it took eight days for a detective to contact her family for a statement.
On Feb. 4, the Richmond Police Department made a statement on their Facebook page regarding the incident.
LEX 18 has made several attempts to reach the Richmond Police Department since January to speak to detectives about the case. No calls have been returned as of the publishing of this article.
Investigators are in contact with Brock. They explained to her in a message on Feb. 4, a nearby camera captured the incident, but the suspect’s truck blocks the driver’s interaction with Hannah. “Unfortunately, it’s the best we have,” the message read.
Investigators are working off a description Hannah gave them. They’re searching for a male in his early-mid forties driving a white pickup truck.
“Currently, this is an isolated incident, and there have been no similar type incidents recently reported or any similar type of investigations currently being conducted,” read the Richmond Police Department’s statement.
Brooke Brock posted on Facebook following the incident to warn the community about her daughter’s experience.
Investigators continue to search for the driver of the white truck in the surveillance video. If you have any information, please call the Richmond Police Department at 859-624-4776.