Teen Escapes Attempted Kidnapping

Teen Escapes Attempted Kidnapping

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Tonya Papanikolas Reporting"He approached her, asked her some very explicit questions, and then tried to grab her."

Salt Lake Police are looking for an attempted kidnapping suspect who tried to grab a teenager over the weekend. The girl was going door-to-door selling newspaper subscriptions. She was in a neighborhood near 9th East and 9th South when she noticed something out of the ordinary.

The young woman was out around 7:30 Friday night, selling subscriptions to the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. But she soon noticed someone was following her, a man in a pickup truck. He drove up to her and asked her what she was doing. So she explained and asked him if he wanted a subscription. That's when he asked her several sexual questions and grabbed her arm, saying he wanted her to come with him. The young woman began screaming and fighting, and managed to get away.

Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake Police Department: "She did exactly what she should have done. She fought back, she struggled, she screamed, yelled, tried to get as much attention as she could. And that was enough to scare this guy away."

The suspect took off in his car and police say detectives are trying to find out who he is and what his history is, but they don't have a lot of detailed information.

The man is described as a white older man, 55-65 with an average build. He has short white or gray wavy hair with a scruffy face. He was driving a white S-10 type pickup truck with rust and dents. It had centennial plates.

The girl is 16-years old, a little older than many kidnap victims, but police say age doesn't deter criminals. They don't know if the man lived in this area, but he seemed to be there with the purpose of getting a hold of her.

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