CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- A University of Virginia student credits training from a sexual assault prevention group with her escape from a would-be abductor late Thursday night.
Police say a 19-year-old female student was walking along the 2200 block of Stadium Road when a man attempted to force her into his vehicle.
The victim told police she noticed a vehicle that appeared to be following her and then a man exited the vehicle and ran toward her, police said.
The man then grabbed the victim and attempted to pull her into his vehicle.
The victim was able to fight off her attacker until he stopped and returned to his vehicle, at which point she was able to call 911, police said.
Based on the victim's description, a vehicle was stopped on Interstate 64 at Exit 120 by Charlottesville Police.
Matthew Rene Beaulieu, 26, was arrested and charged with one felony count of abduction with the intent to defile.
He is being held without bond in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Complex.
The victim told Charlottesville Police detectives that representatives from the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) had recently conducted training at her sorority house on how to react in the case of an attempted sexual assault. The victim credits this training with helping her to escape the suspect, police said.
The victim suffered minor scrapes and bruises in the attack.
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