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Police look for suspects; passerby driver may have thwarted attempted abduction

Attempted Abduction –
On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 5:20PM, Prince William County officers responded to investigate an attempted abduction that was reported to have occurred in the area the Prince William Pkwy. and the I-95 interchange in Woodbridge (22191) earlier that afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. The victim, a 37-year-old woman, reported to police that she was walking home along a footpath on the Prince William Pkwy., just beyond the I-95 overpass, towards Summerland Dr. when she encountered three unknown men.

During the encounter, one of the men grabbed the victim’s arm and attempted to pull her into a near wooded area. The other two men were nearby and did not touch or interact with the victim or assist the initial suspect.

According to the victim, a passing motorist traveling westbound on the Prince William Pkwy. towards I-95 slowed his/her vehicle and honked the vehicle’s horn which caused the suspect to release the victim. The vehicle continued driving and the three men fled into the nearby wooded area. The victim was not injured in the incident and reportedly observed the same men in the same area on Tuesday, Nov. 22. No altercation occurred on that date.

The pathway used by the men is a known cut-through from the Prince William Pkwy. to the dead-end of nearby Horner Rd. Detectives with the Special Victims Bureau are seeking to speak to the passing motorist who may have observed the encounter or the assistance from any other witnesses to the incident. Additional information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:
1. Light-skinned, brown complected, male, late 20’s to early 30’s, 5’4”-5’5”, approximately 140-145lbs with a thin build and dark colored eyes [suspect who grabbed the victim]. Last seen wearing a black ski-mask, short black sleeve t-shirt with white lines on the chest, black jeans, and black shoes (possible Converse shoes) with white shoelaces. The suspect reportedly had a white bandage on his right hand which started below his wrist and covered the entire hand, including his fingers

2. Light-skinned male, brown complected, late 20’s to early 30’s, 5’4”-5’5”, approximately 140-145lbs with a thin build. Last seen wearing a black ski mask, black t-shirt, black jeans, and black shoes.

3. Male, unknown race or ethnicity, 30’s, 5’4” to 5’5” with a thin build, Last seen wearing a black ski mask, dark navy blue long-sleeve shirt with a large plaid design, blue jeans, and yellow construction-style shoes.

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