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Richmond Man with Criminal Past Charged with Attempted Abduction

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Richmond Police Department has arrested and charged a 50-year-old man in connection with the attempted abduction of a teenage girl that occurred last Wednesday.

Around 3:30 p.m. on May 14, the victim was walking on the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue when she noticed a vehicle drive past her a few times before she was suddenly grabbed by the suspect. The suspect told her to get into the vehicle, but the victim managed to run to safety.

Ronald A. Peterson, of the 900 block of Derrymore Road, was arrested without incident and charged with attempted abduction. Peterson has a criminal past; he was charged with drug possession in 2008 and malicious wounding in 2009.

She was able to escape, but the incident has had the neighborhood on edge.

Arlene Jones says a number of children and teens live in the area.

"I kind of glance over my shoulder look around," she says. "I am relieved. I am so glad. I often think about it."

8News did some checking and found Peterson has a lengthy criminal record including pleading guilty to sexual battery in 1997.

He's also been convicted of unlawful wounding and possession of drugs.

Meanwhile, police credit the quick thinking teen and her attention to detail with helping them catch Peterson.

"She did an outstanding job," says Det. Rahsann Whigfall. "She was able to identify the suspect as well as the vehicle."

The teen was able to describe the man's facial features, clothing and color of his car, which quickly lead to Patterson's arrest.

"The city is safe," Whigfall says. "We got this suspect off the street."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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