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Police warn against possible kidnapper - The Eagle: Crime

Police warn against possible kidnapper

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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 am

After receiving reports of an attempted abduction, Texas A&M University police urge students to be cautious when walking alone.

Police said that an unidentified man tried to coerce a woman into his car Monday as she was walking on South Bizzell Street. The man opened the car's passenger door, frightening the woman, who told police that she then ran away.

The driver has been described as a thin black male with short hair who was wearing a dark-colored shirt and possibly an earring. Police said the vehicle is believed to be a bright red Dodge Charger with tinted windows and possibly a spoiler on the trunk.

University police will continue to investigate and request that anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the vehicle's driver call 845-2345.

The university police department said that there have been reports similar to Monday's attempted kidnapping in the Bryan and College Station area, and offered some tips to use when walking alone.

- Only walk on busy, well-lit streets.

- Only use one earpiece when using earphones to listen to music so you can hear surrounding noises.

- Carry your cellphone when walking or jogging.

- Avoid parking lots, alleys or parks.

- Don't accept rides from strangers or distant acquaintances.

- When giving directions to someone in a vehicle, maintain enough distance so that you could not be grabbed.

- If a vehicle is following you, turn and run in the opposite direction so the driver would have to turn around to continue following you.

- Have your key out and ready to unlock the door.

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