BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A short, chubby man in his 30s is the suspect in an attempted kidnapping that left a Beaverton teenager shaken but unhurt.
The 16-year-old said she was walking home from school on SW Erickson Avenue near Allen Boulevard when the man walked past her and grabbed her from behind.
“He tried grabbing me really tight from my shoulder, in the other hand there was a knife,” the girl, whose name is not being released, said. “He was trying to drag me into his car… He told me he was going to kill me… I was really scared.”
The girl said she started screaming and tried pushing the man away. A neighbor came outside and he let go of her and drove off northbound on SW Erickson Avenue.
She described her attacker as a chubby white man in his 30s, about 5’6″ tall with red hair and prescription-style glasses. He was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a blue shirt and gray shorts that may have had a white stripe on them.
He was seen driving off in a dark-colored sedan.
Police hope to find him quickly so he doesn’t try anything like that again.
“The more eyes and ears we have out there, the better chance we have of potentially identifying this person,” Mike Rowe with Beaverton Police Dept. said.
The girl said she’ll now be walking to and from school with her mom or a friend.
An investigation is underway. Anyone with information should call Beaverton police at 503.629.0111 and reference case number 17-1580963.