ONLY ON FOX: Mother Speaks Out After Attempted Abduct - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

ONLY ON FOX: Mother Speaks Out After Daughter's Attempted Abduction

Posted: Updated:
Gregory Cornell, 37, of Chester is accused by police of attempting to abduct a young girl in Upland. (Upland Borough Police Department) Gregory Cornell, 37, of Chester is accused by police of attempting to abduct a young girl in Upland. (Upland Borough Police Department)
UPLAND, Pa. -

"Her first reaction was to run and when she noticed the man was chasing her she ran even faster."

Geneva Belgrave says she's proud of her 10-year-old daughter after the little girl escaped from a man police say tried to abduct her and then helped investigators track the suspect down.

"She gave them a perfect description of the man and the car, what he had on, what he looked like...to a tee," Belgrave told FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser.

Belgrave spoke exclusively to FOX 29 after Upland Borough Police arrested 37-year-old school bus driver Gregory Cornell of Chester.

Investigators say he chased the little girl down the 200 block of Ninth Street Sunday afternoon. She got away.

Minutes later, police say Cornell was stopped in his car nearby and positively identified by the victim. He was arrested with over 150  bags of heroin, crack cocaine, cash and a sex toy in his car.

"I'm very proud of her. One of her favorite shows is America's Most Wanted," Belgrave said. "I thank God that nothing happened to her."

"Glad they caught this guy," said neighbor Jim Redden.

"Upland Police Department, good job, tell them they did a good job," another neighbor told FOX 29.

Makaishia Burch lives just two blocks away from where the attempted abduction occurred. She has a 10-year-old daughter of her own.

"It's scary, and she doesn't look like the typical 10 year old, which doesn't help the matter, so I'm real leary about situations like that," Burch said.

Police say Cornell drives a bus for the Penn-Delco School District, something that bothered neighbors here even more.

"They should be screening these guys better than to have them out here driving these kids around," Burch said.

"What are they doing. They need to be checking them better For real," neighbor Deborah Kowlaski.

"It's sad, it's disgusting. I'm glad he's caught," Belgrave added. 

Cornell was charged with attempted abduction and ordered held on $150,000 bail.

In a statement issued by the school district, a spokesperson says the district was aware of the charges filed against one of its bus drivers. District officials say the driver has been suspended and relieved of duty.

"The district stands ready to support law enforcement authorities in their investigation as needed," the statement read.

The district does not believe that any of the alleged activities occurred during hours in which the driver was working for the district.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:15:46 GMT
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
  • Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:15:25 GMT
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:11:25 GMT

    The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.

    The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day.  Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices