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University of Utah police investigating report of attempted abduction

Posted at 2:59 PM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 16:59:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials at the University of Utah are investigating after a woman reported that a man tried to pull her into a vehicle against her will.

According to a campus wide email sent out by the school, the details of which were confirmed to FOX 13 News by U of U police, the incident occurred Tuesday when a 19-year-old female approached car she thought had a friend of hers inside.

As she neared the 4-door, white vehicle described as being similar to a Toyota Camry, the passenger in the car opened his door and allegedly grabbed her arm in an attempt to pull her into the car. The woman realized at that point she did not know the man, and she escaped. She told authorities she believes the suspect let go after he was startled by other people in the area.

According to the email, an active investigation is underway. The suspect is described as a white male with short blond hair who was wearing a light blue shirt with a collar. A description of the driver was not available.

Officials said they do not believe the incident is related to a report of a sexual assault at the campus that was received recently.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to call University of Utah Campus Police at 801-585-2677.

Officials also stated in the email: “We urge our students and staff to be always aware and sensitive to their surroundings, and to report any suspicious behavior on campus. If you wish to have a security escort anywhere on campus, 24-hours a day, please call 801-585-2677.”