03-09-2005, 08:42 PM #1Registered User
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"Scrappy" Girl Escapes Abductor, Sex Offender
what a brave little girl!
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Time: 5:23:10 PM
Title: A ten-year-old girl escapes being abducted by a registered sex offender
WFIE NEWS 14
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
UPDATE: A ten-year-old Owensboro girl escapes being abducted by a registered sex offender. Jerry Debruler, a 45-year-old convicted sex offender, is now in police custody after, they say, he grabbed the ten-year-old on her way to school then pulled her behind a home before she was able to break free and call police.
Owensboro Police Captain David Thompson says, "She's a scrappy ten-year-old girl and she stayed calm until she could get away."
Debruler served previous jail time for rape and robberies. He is now charged with kidnapping, and robbery in the second degree in another crime that happened Tuesday, following this attempted abduction.
Reporter: Emily Sinovic
Web Producer: Amber Griswold
Previously: A registered sex offender is behind bars, after allegedly trying to kidnap a child.
It happened Tuesday morning in Owensboro as the girl was on her way to school.
Police report that the attempted abduction of a ten-year old girl occurred just a little before eight in the morning Tuesday in the 600 block of East 22nd Street in Owensboro.
The girl, who police are not yet identifying, was able to escape after being drug several feet behind a house.
Captain David Thompson, Owensboro Police Department, said, "I happen to know the little girl personally. She is a scrappy little ten-year old, brave girl. She stayed calm until she could get away, and at that time that she saw that she could, she did."
Just about 30 minutes later and a few blocks away, the same man, allegedly tried to take the car keys and purse of a woman.
Police were able take 45-year old Jerry Debruler into custody after a civilian who saw the attempted robbery contacted police.
Debruler is supposed to be a lifetime registered sex offender in Daviess County. He has been charged with first degree rape and other robberies in the past.
Jerry Debruler has been in violation of the registry, for not registering his most current address with police.