York teen fends off attacker during attempted kidnapping

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 1, 2013 

— A York teenager told police a man tried to kidnap her while she walked down the street Tuesday night.

Now, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the would-be kidnapper, described as a slender black man who wore all black and drove an older-model car with possible mechanical issues.

The 14-year-old girl said the man tried to pick her up on West Liberty Street and put her in his car at about 10:50 p.m., according to a York Police report.

She and her sister had gotten into an argument, and she had walked outside to “cool off,” said York Police Detective Sgt. William Mumaw.

While she was on the sidewalk, a black car with no headlights on, faded paint and driving with a “grinding” noise pulled up beside her, Mumaw said.

A man inside asked her if she needed a ride, the report states. When she said no, the man got out the car and grabbed her. She said the man punched her in the face and “uppercut her in the ribs twice,” Mumaw said.

The girl said the man leaned over her to pick her up as if he was going to put her in the car, the report states. She said she kicked him between the legs, got up and took off running.

Once the girl reported the incident, her mother took her to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment, the report states.

Mumaw said the girl is still sore from the beating, but is “doing OK.”

Police canvassed the area and found a broken hair clip, the report states. Nearby residents said they didn’t see or hear anything.

The report describes the suspect as a black man, about 6 feet tall, with short hair and no facial hair. According to the victim, he wore a black hat, black or dark clothes and a baseball cap.

This kind of incident, Mumaw said, isn’t typical to the area.

Police “haven’t had anything else like this” in recent months, he said. “You don’t see stuff like this.”

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