Mesa girl escaped abductor
Jun. 11, 2007 06:34 AM
Mesa police say a man tried to pull a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle Saturday night, but the girl resisted and managed to run away.
The teen had just left a party at a friend's house and was walking and listening to her iPod when a man in a green sport utility vehicle drove past her and yelled out the window, asking if she wanted a ride, police said.
When the girl said no, the man made a U-turn and drove by her again. He then made another U-turn and pulled alongside her. "He stops his car, gets out, opens up the back door, grabs her by the wrist and tries to pull her in," said Mesa police spokesman detective Jerry Gissel. The girl then kicked shut the SUV's door, pulled away from the man and ran down the street.
Gissel said the incident didn't stop there. While she waited to cross a street, the man pulled up near her again and asked a second time if she wanted a ride. The teen then ran home, and the man drove off. "Thank God she broke away from this guy and ran down the street," said the girl's father, who asked not to be named due to the nature of his job. "I could hear her running up the driveway and beating on the door."
Mesa Police said the girl gave them a good description of the man.
He is described as white or Hispanic, 35 to 40 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds with dark skin, short black hair, brown eyes and no accent. His left eyebrow had a possible scar that divided the eyebrow in two.
The SUV may have been an older-model Chevrolet Blazer, with four doors and an uncovered spare tire on the back, police said.