FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Campus police at Texas Christian University said that a female student told them someone tried to abduct her around noon on Wednesday.
According to the crime alert, an man pulled over and demanded that the she get into his car. It happened, according to police, on east Lowden Street near Forest Park Boulevard. The man was driving a blue Ford Escape SUV. He approached the student and asked if she was OK.
He then told the student that she needed to get into his car, according to the alert sent by police. Although the student continued to walk, the suspect continued to demand that she get into his car.
After the young woman told a male student how the suspect was demanding that she get into his car, the suspect eventually drove off.
The student described the man who attempted to abduct her as an overweight man in his early forties.
This is the third safety alert campus police have issued since the semester began. Last month, a female student said she was robbed outside a grocery store. A sexual assault was reported on campus a few days ago. Students told CBSDFW.COM that it’s unnerving to see incidents such as these on a campus they consider pretty safe.
“You feel like safe and you don’t feel like anybody would do that, and then, you get an email and its kinda scary walking now,” one student said. “Not scary but like you think that something could happen.”
Campus police haven’t indicated that the man ever exited his SUV or physically tried to force the student into his car. But the fact that the incident happened in the middle of the day, rather than at night… has some students questioning campus safety.
Police urge students to always walk with an acquaintance and to never get into a car with a stranger.
Their crime alert also included the following safety tips:
Never get in a stranger’s vehicle.
Never approach a vehicle when walking. Keep a safe distance.
Always walk with an acquaintance if possible.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
Have you cell phone in your hand in case you need to call police. Please program the TCU Police number 817-257-7777 into your cell phone as a favorite or a speed dial option.
Walk facing traffic.
Try to fight off an abductor and scream for help.
Do not let them force you into a vehicle, use your legs to push off of the vehicle.
How to escape from a vehicle:
1. Reach for the door and try to get out immediately.
2. Do not be passive. In a four-door car, can jump in the backseat and try the door quickly.
3. If placed in a trunk, don’t panic: Look for a panel in the trunk that comes right out when you pull on it. Tear the wires to the tail-lights and brakes. Police might then pull the abductor over.
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