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W.V. MAN FACES CHARGE IN FOILED ABDUCTION OF GIRL

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West Valley police have arrested a man in connection with the attempted abduction of a 6-year-old girl early Thursday.

The man also is being questioned in connection with a sexual-abuse incident earlier this month as well as several burglaries.However, Michael Colledge, 18, West Valley City, is not a suspect in a series of kidnappings and sexual assaults of young girls that occurred earlier this year.

Colledge was arrested about 3 a.m. in the area of 3200 West and 3500 South after a girl was nearly kidnapped from her home in the area of 3600 South and 1950 West, according to Police Chief Dennis Nordfelt.

After being questioned for several hours, Colledge was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail at 9 a.m. Thursday for investigation of residential burglary and attempted kidnapping, according to jail records. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

The girl was asleep in her home about 2 a.m. when she was awakened by an intruder who picked her up and began carrying her out of the house. She managed to scream, and the man dropped her.

The girl's father awoke and pursued the assailant, who had reached his car and was driving away. The father threw a rock at the car and was able to get a good description of the vehicle. The information helped police arrest Colledge a short time later, sources said.

Nordfelt said Colledge is being investigated in connection with a Dec. 3 attack in which an 8-year-old girl was sexually abused by an intruder in her apartment near 4700 South and 2900 West. Colledge also is being questioned about several burglaries, the chief said.

Sheriff's Detective Brian Jackson said Colledge does not fit the description of an attacker who kidnapped and sexually abused about a half-dozen young girls in Kearns, West Valley City and Salt Lake City between April and October.

"(Colledge) is about 50 pounds heavier than our suspect," said Jackson. "We know who our guy is."

The sheriff's office, however, has been unable to persuade the county attorney's office to file charges against the man.