PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police say a 15-year-old girl fought and escaped a man who abducted her Wednesday night.
Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department said the girl was abducted around 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Lincoln Street.
The girl told police she was walking when a black man with facial hair called her over to his vehicle. When she refused, he got out of his four-door red sedan, pulled her inside and drove to Brighton Elementary School. Behind the school, police say the teen fought the man and was able to excape the vehicle and run for help.
There are homes and a convenience store at the intersection of the abduction. A nearby resident, Mary Rowden, told WAVY.com the abduction doesn’t surprise her.
“It’s so much going on with the crime. We have a high volume of crime and it’s just sad and people need to really keep an eye on their kids and stuff and know your whereabouts, you know? Cause I’m a parent and I always know where my kids are. Its very important,” she said.
Police say there were no witnesses, but the girl said the man was in his 30’s and wearing dark clothing. His vehicle had tinted rear windows and tan-colored seats.
Anyone with information about the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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