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Teen fights off abduction in Gaithersburg

A teenage boy fought off a man who tried to abduct him Monday evening as the youth jogged along a Gaithersburg street, police said.

About 7 p.m., a man jumped out of a white van in the 500 block of Midsummer Drive and grabbed the 14-year-old’s arm and tried to pull him into the vehicle, said Officer Dan Lane, a Gaithersburg city police spokesman. The teen got away and then ran home and called police.

The boy was not hurt, officials said.

Officers were looking for an Hispanic man described as having short hair, a goatee and sideburns. The suspect was said to be about 6’ to 6’1” tall, and weighing about 190 to 210 pounds, Lane said. The man, who apparently was a stranger to the boy, reportedly wore a white crew neck t-shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves, white pants and tan boots, possibly work boots, police said.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a delivery or painter’s- style van with red trim at the top, heavily tinted windows, no back doors, no hubcaps on the tires, round brake lights and square blinking lights, Lane said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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