Driver tries to abduct 16-year-old girl walking to school in Detroit, police say

Man tries to pull teenager into car, police say

DETROIT - Detroit police said a driver tried to abduct a 16-year-old girl while she was walking to school on the city's northeast side.

The girl was on her way to school near 8 Mile Road and Shakespeare Street when she was approached by a black man in a dark-colored vehicle, according to authorities.

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The man got out of the car, grabbed the girl and tried to pull her into the vehicle, police said. She was able to fight him off, and a citizen saw what happened and ran to help her, police said.

Police said the man drove off in the dark-colored, four-door vehicle with tinted windows. The man is in his 40s, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, officials said. He was wearing black pants, a black hat and brown shoes. He had a scruffy beard.

Police said it's unknown if the incident is related to one that happened 2 miles away and a half-hour later. An 11-year-old girl said a driver in a yellow car asked for her name before she ran away.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-1959.

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