Second abduction attempt in a week prompts warning
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For the second time in less than a week a teenaged girl has narrowly escaped abduction, prompting a warning from city police yesterday for people to be "vigilant" when walking at night.
A 15-year-old girl escaped her attacker after she fought off a man in Amberwood Village in Stittsville, city police reported yesterday. In the incident at 8 p.m. on Monday, the victim was walking in the area of Snowy Owl Trail when a man grabbed her from behind and tried to pull her back toward a parked car.
The victim was punched in the face in the ensuing struggle before she managed to escape. While running away, she glanced back and saw the suspect get into the passenger side of an older style black sedan.
The assailant is a white male, 6-feet-tall with a slim build. He wore a dark toque and a puffy jacket. The driver of the vehicle is described as a white male.
It was the second abduction attempt against a girl in Ottawa in a week. On the evening of Feb. 13, a 14-year-old girl was attacked by a man while walking in a parking lot at Eagleson Road and Palomino Drive.
The man allegedly grabbed her and attempted to pull her down a path. A struggle ensued and the victim managed to break away and flee.
The suspect in that attack is described as a white male, around 5-foot-5 with a thin build. He was wearing a dark-coloured, hooded shirt jacket at the time of the incident.
Police do not believe the incidents are connected, said Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. John McGetrick.
"Based on suspect description, we do not believe they’re related," he said.
While both cases are currently being investigated, police in the meantime have a duty to warn the public of these occurrences, he said.
"We hope that people keep up their awareness and vigilance. If anything is out of place, do not hesitate to contact us."
Police are reminding people that when walking alone to be aware at all times of their surroundings, avoid dark and isolated areas, and not to use headphones when walking at night.