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Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Abduction

Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Abduction

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Police arrested an Albany man accused of attempting to abduct an Oregon State University student.

Aaron Evans, 21, was arrested at his home Thursday. He was being held in the Benton County Jail on charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse and menacing, Oregon State Police said.

The alleged victim, a 21-year-old junior, lives off campus. She said she was taking a walk on Wednesday morning when a man jumped from some bushes and tried to grab her by the shoulders.

The woman resisted, screamed for help and ran from the scene. She said her attacker fled in the opposite direction.

The attempted abduction happened about a block from where Brooke Wilberger vanished in May. Given the location, police have labeled Evans a person of interest in that case, police said.

Wilberger, who attended Brigham Young University in Utah, disappeared from the parking lot of an apartment complex near campus, leaving behind her flip-flops, her purse, cell phone and other personal items.

An extensive search has failed to turn up any sign of Wilberger.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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