Teen girl escapes abduction try on city's South Side

YOUNGSTOWN — Police and the parents of a 16-year-old Chaney High School student want help from the community in finding the man who tried to pull the girl into his van as she walked home from school.

According to police reports, the teenager was walking near Shady Run Road on the South Side after getting off the school bus just after 4 p.m. Tuesday when an elderly white man with a scruffy beard pulled alongside her driving a dark blue SUV. The girl said the man tried to pull her into the vehicle.

The girl told police she began fighting with the man, but he would not let her go. She said the fighting continued until the man was startled by a passing car and she was able to break free.

“I was so scared when I ran home. I couldn’t even tell my cousin what happened. I was too scared to talk,” the girl said about the attempted abduction.

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