Cleveland police seek suspect in attempted kidnapping

3:23 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police Sex Crimes Unit is investigating a kidnapping/gross sexual imposition incident from Saturday in the 2900 block of East 116th Street.

Police said that at about 5:30 am, the victim, 20, reported that she was walking to work when an unknown black man approached her from behind, grabbed her and dragged her toward an abandoned house.

Police say he assaulted the victim and attempted to remove her clothing. Police say the attack was thwarted when a woman and two men drove up in a blue Pontiac during the attack and yelled, causing the suspect to ran off.

The Good Samaritans left the scene prior to the arrival of the police.

Police are asking that those three people contact the Division's Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5630.

Police added that, although, the Jasmine Trotter incident and this one do have some similarities, there is no evidence at this time linking the two incidents.

Both incidents remain under close investigation and anyone with information relating to either case is asked to contact detectives in the Homicide Unit or the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

The suspect in Saturday's incident is described as in his 40s, 6'2" tall, thin build, a small gap between upper teeth, and wearing a black, hooded knee-length jacket, dark blue or black Dickies brand pants ripped at the bottom, black steel-toed boots and black winter gloves.

In addition, the Cleveland Division of Police advises that individuals walking alone after dark or before daylight be cognizant of their surroundings, do not be preoccupied or distracted by such things as texting or playing games on cell phones and always notify a friend or family member of their intended destination/whereabouts and call police if you see anything suspicious.


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