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Cops search for suspects in attempted abduction of teen girl at Minnesota state fair


This news story was published on August 29, 2015.
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investigateST. PAUL – Minnesota law enforcement is seeking witnesses in an attempted abduction outside of the Minnesota State Fair in which a teen had to fight off her attacker with mace.

Saint Paul police investigators are asking anyone who witnessed an attempted abduction that occurred outside the State Fair to call the police department.
Officers were called to the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Arlington Avenue at 8:48 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, on a report of an attempted abduction.

When officers arrived, they met a 17-year-old female who had just finished working at a State Fair booth. The victim told officers she left the Fair and was verbally harassed by a group of four males who were standing next to a car parked near the intersection of Snelling and Arlington Avenues.

The victim initially ignored suspects and continued walking northbound on the east side of Snelling Avenue. When she passed the car, one of the suspects grabbed the victim by the arm and neck and tried to force her into the car. The victim responded by spraying the suspect in the face with Mace, which she carries with her. She then ran away, and the suspects left in the car.

The car is described as a black, four-door sedan with black rims. The suspects are described as black males in their early to mid-20s. The suspect who grabbed the victim was wearing a red and blue shirt with large stiches on it. He has short hair, a medium build and is approximately six feet tall.

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