Suspect sketch released in Camden attempted abduction

CAMDEN, N.J. - March 24, 2014

It happened around 6:00 Sunday evening.

The victim was walking out of Dudley Grange Park near the intersection of 32nd Street and Rosedale Avenue.

That's when, police say, a man got out of a parked car, spoke to the teen girl and grabbed her arm.

The victim was able to free herself and run away. Authorities say the suspect briefly chased her on foot before getting back into his car.

Once inside his car, the suspect continued to follow the victim before turning on Westfield Avenue and heading east toward Pennsauken.

"At this point, we don't have any other witnesses and that's why we're asking for the public's assistance, for anyone to come forward with information," said Sgt. Janelle Simpson, Camden County Police.

Residents of the neighborhood are on alert.

"It's very scary but you see stuff like this happening and it spreads all across the globe today," said Lisa Thompson.

The victim was not physically harmed. Police have stepped up patrols in and near the park which is close to two schools.

"As far as any kids that are out in that area, we're hoping that they walk in pairs through the park and in that area and we're hoping that this doesn't happen again," said Sgt. Simpson.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 30s or early 40s, over 6'0", over 200 pounds with a medium build and salt and pepper hair. He was wearing a tan or mustard colored sweatshirt and black jeans with a rip on the right side.

His vehicle is described as an older, black four-door Pontiac with tinted rear and back windows. The car also had rust on the passenger side.

Anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle is asked to immediately call the Camden County Police Department's anonymous tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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