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Spartanburg police release sketch of suspect after attempted kidnapping of teen

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Composite sketch of suspect. (Source: Spartanburg PD) Composite sketch of suspect. (Source: Spartanburg PD)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg Police Department is investigating after a teenage girl said suspects tried to kidnap her on Tuesday.

Around 9:30 a.m. the 15-year-old victim was walking on Winfield Drive near Talmadge Drive en route to a pool.

According to the police report, suspects in a black four-door sedan pulled up alongside the victim and said she needed to get in the car. The victim told police the driver appeared to be around 18-years-old.

"Two cars pulled up, actually a black sedan and a white truck, and the gentleman in the black car started a conversation with her," said Major Art Littlejohn of the Spartanburg Police Department. "Her conversation was 'Hey get in the car with me,' and of course she refused."

Officers said the victim refused and continued walking. The suspects continued to follow her until another car pulled up behind them, police said. The police report states the suspects drove off but then returned and pulled up alongside her a second time.

The driver of the vehicle is accused of grabbing the victim's hand and trying to get her to get in the vehicle but police said she was able to break free.

"At some point, I don’t know how long the conversation continued, but at some point he reached out and grabbed her by the arm," said Littlejohn.

The victim told police the suspects drove away again and she was able to call a friend to give her a ride. The teen and her mother later contacted police about the incident.

"Pay attention, be aware of your surroundings, listen to what’s going on," said Littlejohn. "If you’re going to go somewhere, let someone know where you’re going, and if you go by yourself, let someone know this is what time I should get there."

On Thursday, police said the suspect had been driving a black sedan and that the victim stated the sedan was being followed by another man driving a white pickup truck.

Police said the suspect is a white male, approximately 18-years-old, with dark brown shaggy hair, blue eyes and a thin build. He was also wearing a diamond-studded earring in his left ear, said police. A composite drawing of the suspect was released on Thursday.

Littlejohn urges all to be aware of their surroundings. He said it's always best to have someone with you and to travel in groups, and if something does happen, report it to police immediately.

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