Police: Attempted abductions have only 'thin' connection

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An investigator with Cheviot police says Tuesday's attempted abduction in Price Hill has only a 'thin' connection to Monday's incident in Cheviot.

Officer Bob Uhl says the only common denominator is the description of a white van.

Tuesday's incident occurred morning before 8 a.m. when a 14-year-old claimed she was grabbed and assaulted during an attempted abduction.

The victim says she was walking to school like she usually does when she saw a van. She says the van followed her for a bit and she acted like she was walking to a friend's house. She says she had sped up her pace when he got out of the van, grabbed her left arm, and as she tried to pull away she fell and hit her head and knees. The teen says he tried to pick her up and put her in the van but she fought and got away. Then she ran back home and the van pulled away.

The  teen described the suspect as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, about 6-feet tall and 140 to 145 pounds with brown hair and a goatee. She says he was wearing a green jacket, blue jeans with holes and yellowish work boots. She says she believes the work boots were Timberlands.

She says the perpetrator was in a white van with a dent in the passenger door.

Police responded to the scene, but were unable to find the van.

"Just describing the van and me remembering how he grabbed me, I never thought that I would be in that position and just by people talking about it, it hurts," she said wiping her eyes.

"I have a lot of anger towards the guy," she said. "Because I'm scared for younger girls, that he could do something to them."

"At first you're scared and you're in shock and then it turns to anger," the teen's mother Alicha said. "And now you're mad. You wan know who is this, in my determination: a pervert who is out there trying to harass my daughter who is just trying to walk to school. It is just disgusting."

Sergeant Salvatore Tufano with the Cincinnati Police Department says what the young girl did in this case is what you are supposed to do.

"Yell, scream, fight back, bring attention to yourself, jump on the hood of the car," Tufano encouraged.

He says in potentially dangerous situations it is critical to trust your instincts.

"Trust your feeling," he said. "It's just not going to steer you wrong."

He says residents should not hesitate to contact police if they notice anything out of the ordinary.

"Where you work and where you live you know better than anybody else, call us," he encouraged.

Tufano says it is also important to talk to kids about the route they take to school, make sure they stay on well traveled paths, keep headphones out so they can stay aware and above all do not let them walk by themselves.

"Moms and dad, get up, walk your kids to the bus stop because that's what I'm doing," Alicha said. "She's 14 and I'm going to walk her. She's not walking by herself."

"It doesn't matter if you're embarrassed or you don't want to look like a little kid walking with your mom and dad," the victim said. "I'd rather walk with my mom and dad than walk and have to be in the position that I was in today."

This attempted abduction report came less than 24 hours after the Cheviot case where a 14-year-old girl claimed she was almost abducted.

In the Cheviot case, the suspect was described as a heavy set white male in a white van.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Cheviot police at (513) 825-2280, or CRIMESTOPPERS at (513) 352-3040.

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