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18-year-old jogger escapes kidnap attempt

7:25 AM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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  • FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville teenager narrowly escaped an attempted abduction while she was jogging near her home.

    Now police are warning other female joggers to be on the alert. They are also hoping to use a sketch to identify the man who tried to abduct the teen.

    Jennifer Nguyen said she wants other joggers to hear her story. "It was a scary experience for me and I really do hope they catch him," she told 11 Alive News. "I wouldn't want this to happen to anybody else or for anybody else to go through this."

    Nguyen said the incident happened on Camford Stone Path in the Villages at Lafayette subdivision, where she lives. She said she was jogging shortly after 12 p.m. on July 12 when a car pulled up on the sidewalk and cut her off.

    "The passenger window was already down and he pointed a gun at me and he told me to get in the car," she said.

    Nguyen said she paused for a second and then took off running. "I just kept running and I put out my phone like I was on the phone with the police," she said. "And I started screaming."

    She said the suspect followed her for a few moments, then left the subdivision.

    Fayetteville Police said Nguyen did the right thing. "She ran and separated herself from the threat and then called 911 and that's the very best thing you can do," Detective Mike Whitlow said.

    Nguyen described the suspect as Middle Eastern or Hispanic, in his early to mid-20s, with curly messy hair and a full beard. She said he spoke broken English and was driving an older model, red, four-door passenger car.

    Nguyen gave her description to GBI forensic sketch artist Marla Lawson and police are hoping someone will identify the person from her sketch.

    "On a scale of one to 10, that sketch might be a nine-and-a-half or 10," Nguyen said. "It looks exactly like him."

    Anyone who recognizes the person in the sketch is asked to call Fayetteville Detective Melissa Peacock at 770-719-4227.

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