Newport News police on the hunt for abduction suspect

(WAVY/Larry Carney)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives are trying to figure out the identify of the man who abducted a Newport News woman last Thursday.

Around 1:30 a.m., the 21-year-old woman had just left a neighbor’s apartment and as walking to her own when a man grabbed her and covered her mouth, according to Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department.

The suspect then asked the victim where she lived, and when she didn’t respond, he forced her to her front door and then inside, as if he knew where she lived. He asked if anyone was home, but even when she said her husband was there, he continued to push her.

“I thought it was a cruel joke. I thought it was somebody my husband had known,” the victim told “Then he said, ‘open the door.’ I said, ‘no, who are you?’ and he said. ‘open the door or I’ll kill you.'”

McPherson said the woman was able to hit the suspect with a makeup bag and scream for help.

“It was in my right hand, and then when he grabbed me and I realized it wasn’t a cruel joke, I was swinging it over my shoulder and was hitting him. I don’t know where I hit him. I couldn’t see. I just hit anything I could,” she said.

That’s when the suspect fled the scene on foot, in the 100 block of New Haven Court.

The suspect is described as a black man with a short buzzed haircut. The victim told police he was in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’6″ and was wearing a red shirt with a yellow design, as well as black pants.

If you have any information that would help detectives identify and catch the suspect, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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