Young woman fights off alleged abductor
BY JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS
An 18-year-old fought off a man who grabbed her on Park Street and attempted to abduct her on Sunday, April 21, police said.
The victim, an 18-year- old Montclair female told police that while walking north on Park Street near Watchung Avenue at around 3:22 p.m. a vehicle pulled up next to her. The male passenger got out, grabbed her, and attempted to force her toward the vehicle, according to police.
"The victim stated that she resisted the male, eventually freeing herself and ran home," said Lt. David O’Dowd.
The young woman suffered minor scrapes to her neck and arms, police said.
The man is described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50 years of age, medium build, 5 foot, 5 inches to 5 foot 9 inches in height, brown hair, brown eyes and a brown mustache. He was wearing a beige short sleeve T-shirt.
The driver of the vehicle is described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50 years of age, heavyset, with a "full beard" and a round face.
The vehicle is an older model crossover, possibly 2000s, either green or gray in color, with four doors and bearing a "white" license plate on the rear.
This incident is currently under investigation by the Montclair Police Detective Bureau. Anyone with information please contact Montclair Police at 973-744-1234.