Girl Uses Teeth To Make Getaway From Would-Be Abductor

By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- New Haven Police say they are working on multiple leads, following an attempted abduction reported by a teen-aged girl on Thursday.

The victim, who ran off to New Haven High School, displayed quick thinking to get away from her attacker.

We’ve all heard of cases where a suspect tries to lure the victim to a vehicle.

In this instance, a 15-year old student said she was walking to New Haven High School Thursday morning between 6:30 and 7:00 when she passed a van parked along Mourey Street.

She reported, as she came near the passenger door, someone grabbed her by the hair and pulled her close to the door.

The victim says the man put a gloved hand over her mouth and said not to make a sound.

But she says she was able to escape by biting the man's finger.

Det. Sgt. Craig Robison/New Haven Police Department: " Every once in a while, we get one where a child was confronted, but this is a very rare occasion, fortunately. But we'll track it down as best we can and go from there. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident."

No arrests have been made and no suspects have yet been identified.

The girl only saw one person, but given the fact she was grabbed by someone from the passenger door of the van, she and police figure there’s a good chance someone else was also involved.

The suspect seen by the girl is described as a white male, wearing a baseball cap, with long, stringy hair and a stubby beard.

The vehicle, according to the girl, was a full-size tan colored cargo van with no side windows.

Call New Haven Police at 748-7080 if you know anything about this.

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