New details as police search for man in attempted abduction

Published: Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - We've uncovered new details in an attempted abduction of a 17-year-old girl outside a Chester tanning salon. They include a better description of both the truck and man police are looking for.

We first broke the news about the teen's frightening ordeal Wednesday night at 11. Witnesses said the man came from behind a bush into the back parking lot of the salon and physically grabbed the girls arm.

Fear has subsided at Sea Breeze tanning salon. Replaced by a renewed sense of awareness.

"So you feel safe, yes very safe," said owner Kathy McMurray.

But McMurray won't let her guard down. Not after a 17-year-old client had a good scare right outside her business Wednesday night.

"She said, 'Kathy, someone's hiding in the parking lot. They just jumped me,'" said McMurray.

The salon just closed. The teen walked out to the back lot alone. Something McMurray typically doesn't let happen.

"It's never just one person leaving here at nighttime by themselves. Somehow or another she slipped out," said McMurray.

A man with a black sweatshirt hood up around his head came out from a bush and grabbed the girl. McMurray said the girl had never seen him before.

She broke his grasp and got away. McMurray says police lifted prints from the girl's car.

In a strange move, McMurray said the man lingered across the street before running into the Amherst neighborhood. McMurray said police used dogs in their search.

Witnesses said the man's truck was parked at this corner right up against a fence about two blocks away. They saw him get in and take off.

"He had a companion with him," said Paul Carter.

Carter said it was a woman. Police are looking into it.

Carter is with the Amherst Neighborhood Watch. He said McMurray called him after dialing 911. Carter tried to calm the girl down.

"She was quite nervous, a little shaky, shocked," said Carter.

Carter said he's heard from neighbors worried about their kids. But gave them some reassurance.

"I told them that they don't have to be too worried cause, like always, we're here to protect them," said Carter.

Key points police want you to remember about the older gray pick up. It has custom pipes and a "Cowboy Up" decal.

Police are looking for a muscular, clean shaven white man about 5 foot 10 with either acne or freckles on his cheeks and nose.

If you can help detectives call Chesterfield police at 748-1251.

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