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Feb 21, 2014 1:18 PM by Dave Fields

Reported attempted abduction of female LSU student prompts search

Lousiana State University (LSU) Police are asking for the publlic's assistance in locating a man who reportedly attempted to abduct a 22-year-old female student as she walked Thursday evening on the LSU campus.

At 7:30 pm last night, a woman entered the LSU Police Department to report an attempted abduction that she says occurred as she walked to her vehicle in a parking lot just south of Nicholson Extension.

According to an LSU police alert, the victim advised officers "that a black male subject exited a van parked in the parking lot, approached her and grabbed her by the arm," the alert reads. "The victim was able to pull away from the suspect and run from the area. The suspect got back into the van and fled the area last seen west bound on Nicholson Extension."

Police are requesting public assistance in locating "a black male, possibly in his 20's or 30's, dark complexion, no facial hair, parts cut in both eyebrows, and a receding hairline," said campus police. The alert also reads the victim also described t the suspect as wearing black baggie cargo pants accompanied by a black, buttoned-down and collared, short sleeve shirt.

According to LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonde, the woman reported that the male suspect approached her after he exited the driver's side door of an older model box-style van with tinted windows and side double doors. Lalonde indicated that the victim advised that she was able to pull away from the suspect, who then re-entered the driver's side door and drove the van westbound on Nicholson Drive.

Lalonde implored those walking on campus not to travel alone and to utilize campus transit, which is in service from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Campus pedestrians or anyone walking to his/her vehicle may request police escorts round the clock, the captain said, whenever the situation necessitates. Lalonde said he "encourages everyone to report any suspicious activity" and that if anyone "sees something, say something."

"We want to urge all members of the LSU community to remain vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings. Travel in groups and there's safety in numbers, especially at night, " Lalonde said.

Anyone with information about this incident immediately should call LSU Police at (225) 578-3231.

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