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Teen Girl Reports Attempted Abduction in Durham

Posted January 17, 2008

— A 15-year-old girl reported an attempted abduction to Durham police on Wednesday afternoon, officials announced.

The girl told officers she was walking in the parking lot of the Wellons Village post office, off North Miami Boulevard, around 4:30 p.m. A man in a red car pulled up beside her, waved money at her and asked her to get into the car, police said.

The teenager ran away, but the man got out of the car, grabbed her hand and tried to pull her into the car. She managed to break away from the man and escaped unharmed, officers said.

Police were looking for a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, standing 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall. He has a medium build, fair complexion and short, wavy black hair. He was wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

The alleged abductor was driving a small, older model red car, similar to a Honda Civic or Nissan Sentra. The car had paint chips in several places, a dent in the hood and a black stripe on the passenger side.

Anyone with information was asked to call Investigator T.M. Ochman at 919-560-4440, ext. 289 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Slip Kid Jan 18, 2008

    T-Man & Winston - that's what it's cash. You may be SEEN getting the cash from crime stoppers but they don't have to know your name... That's why our money says "...for all debts, public and private" right on each bill.

  • Winston Jan 18, 2008

    T-Man, the only way to remain anonymous is to do it for free.

  • Coach K is GREAT Jan 18, 2008

    That's a great description of the suspect... should be easy to find...

  • sheablue22 Jan 18, 2008

    To the young girl: good job staying focused and paying attention. Glad you're okay. Best wishes to you. To the general public: Someone has to have seen that car. That's the best description I have heard in quite awhile...

  • baileysmom3 Jan 18, 2008

    I think I VE seen the car in a parking lot in an appartment complex that matches that description.

  • anneonymousone Jan 18, 2008

    Please, folks, let's not indirectly blame her. Let's not restrict young women's right to autonomy by insisting they are accompanied at all times. And before anyone mentions time, the article said this happened at 4:30 PM.

    Instead, let's spend more time and air space publicly condemning the assumption that a man has a right to any woman, especially a younger one, who is unaccompanied. I'm not saying that is what readers and commenters believe, but that seems to have been his belief.

    Maybe if we confronted that belief system more than we pretend that blue lights, modest clothing, chaperones, cell phones, and curfews will protect women and girls (and, perhaps to a lesser extent, men and boys who are victims of similar crimes), things would change.

  • T-Man Jan 18, 2008

    I'm very glad she was able to escape from that monster! I do wonder about the following statement though, "Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves." How do people get a cash reward without identifying themselves???


  • Autumn Jan 18, 2008

    Another trick I heard about that they taught in a self-defense class for my friend's children: Run away from the car in the opposite direction the care is traveling. For example, if the car is traveling south on Main St, run north. It will take them longer to get out of the car and chase you on foot, so chances are they'll give up. If you run in the same direction of the car, however, your chances of getting away are slimmer, b/c the car can follow you slowly, and they can reach out and grab you easier.

  • isabella731 Jan 18, 2008

    Nope, nothing new about it. Good thing the girl was so alert and able to get away from him. Stuff like this happens all the time EVERYWHERE. It's just that lots of times, the victim isn't lucky enough to get away.

  • TLC2 Jan 18, 2008

    Thank goodnes this girl was able to break away. All young girls should be this alert. I agree - this is nothing new. Just that you hear it on the news more so now than you did 30 years ago.
    I was raised too that you didn't get into strangers vehicles and if they tried you screamed like crazy and ran away. Girls always need to walk in pairs or threes never alone - too dangerous.