CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) -
The University of Virginia Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating and identifying the suspect who allegedly attempted to abduct an 11-year-old girl on Monday afternoon.
Around 4:30 p.m. on May 12, the victim was attempting to enter her residence near the intersection of Massie Road and Farrish Circle when she was grabbed from behind and held against a wall.
Police say the suspect, who may have been wearing a black shirt or jacket, fled in an unknown direction. No further suspect description is available.
Neighbors say this attack at a UVA-owned apt complex has them on edge and that this is unusual for this neighborhood.
"It's horrible news," says neighbor Lin Chen. "I think this is a very quiet place to live and the environment is very good. People are very friendly.. never heard of that before."
"Up here, there is really nothing that goes on so you hear about an abduction or something like that it's pretty crazy," says neighbor Matthew Ha, who returned home Monday night and witnessed all the police activity.
"There were cops all of a sudden, and none of the lights were flashing," he says. "I thought they were just hanging out. But apparently I found out today there was an abduction through the email."
That email was from UVA Police that was sent to the entire UVA community about the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident, or the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000, or contact U.Va. Police by calling 434-924-7166 or emailing police.virginia.edu.
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