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Man is sought in attempted abduction

The woman targeted by the assailant was able to escape after a struggle with the man.

The woman targeted by the assailant was able to escape after a struggle with the man.

September 09, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man in a dark-colored car tried to abduct a woman early Friday morning by hitting her several times with a glass bottle, kicking her and trying to force her into his car, according to police.

First Sgt. Deke Walker of the West Virginia State Police said he could not release the woman's name because he was not sure whether she is a juvenile or an adult.

Around 2:30 a.m. the woman was walking along Berkeley Station Road to get her mail when a white male stopped his car, Walker said.

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The assailant attacked the woman with a bottle, which broke, Walker said. Troopers who are investigating the case - N.A. Harmon, K.E. Plumer and D.M. Olack - recovered pieces of the bottle, Walker said.

The man verbally ordered the woman into his car and tried to force her into it, Walker said. He could not release a detailed description of the man or the car.

The woman told police she did not recognize her assailant, Walker said.

"She was fighting back and she was able to break away from the attacker," Walker said. She ran to a nearby house, where police were summoned.

Police interviewed the woman as medics treated her for a laceration on her head, Walker said. She was later treated at a hospital, he said.

Walker said he believes officers may have found some witnesses to the assault. He said the incident occurred near Tenacious Heights.

A similar incident occurred last week, and is being investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, Walker said. Deputies could not be reached Friday for comment regarding that incident.

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