On Tuesday, a 16 year old girl had to fight for her life on her way home from high school. She decided to take a short cut through the campus of Southwestern College on her way back from Bona Vista High School.
At approximately 9:15 am, a would-be kidnapper tried to snatch her up and drag her into his car.
This strange man pulled up to her in a white Chevrolet Blazer of an older model. He then proceeded to ask the teenage girl if she needed a ride.
Luckily, the girl was smart enough to say no, but he declining did nothing to deter the man. He then offered her $200 to get into his truck. Once again, the young girl refused.
That is when things took a turn for the worst. The man grabbed the girl, wrapping his arms around her, in an attempt to force her into compliance.
The girl, once again had some good luck on her side, manged to break free and make her way home.
About a half-hour later, the girl returned to the college and reported what had happened. She described the assailant as a Latino in his 30s with a trimmed beard and mustache. Though she told officials the man appeared to be wearing a construction-style vest, images captured by a campus security camera showed that he was clad in an orange long-sleeved shirt.
The surveillance video also revealed that the perpetrator, who remained unidentified and at large in the mid-afternoon, had been driving through parking areas at the college for about 15 minutes prior to the attempted abduction, Nighswonger said.