Abduction attempt fails
Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to abduct an 18-year-old while she jogged Wednesday afternoon in north Fargo. The woman, whose name police have not released, said a man she did not know drove up to her, got out and asked her to s...
Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to abduct an 18-year-old while she jogged Wednesday afternoon in north Fargo.
The woman, whose name police have not released, said a man she did not know drove up to her, got out and asked her to stop as she ran by shortly after 2 p.m. near Elm Street and 15th Avenue North.
When the woman refused his request, the man grabbed her arm and told her she had to go with him, she told police.
The woman said she escaped by swinging her arm away and striking him in the face.
The man chased her for a short while, but she ran home and called police.
The woman told officers she got a good look at the man and seemed fairly confident in her description, Lt. Tod Dahle said. A software program rarely used by the department helped officers create a digital sketch of the man.
He is described as white, 25 years old, 6 feet 4 inches tall, of medium build and with dark brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and jeans.
The woman said the man was driving a silver sport utility vehicle, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, no older than a 1996 model.
The woman did not get a good look at the license plate, Dahle said. In December, Fargo police investigated a report from another 18-year-old woman who said a man tried to abduct her one afternoon outside Mexican Village on Main Avenue.
That woman told police a man in his late 20s or early 30s grabbed her arm and told her to come with him.
She struggled free and ran away, she told police. Investigators had more difficulty than usual in figuring out the initial circumstances surrounding that case, Dahle said.
The victim in December's incident described the suspect as a white man, with dark brown hair and a goatee. The suspect was driving white car -- similar to an Oldsmobile Cutlass -- with a dent on the right bumper, the woman told police.
The case remains open.
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