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Published July 30, 2013

Police investigating attempted abduction

WARREN — Two girls ran to a gas station and called 911 after a stranger reportedly chased them near Nine Mile Road and Dequindre at about 8:30 p.m. July 28.

Warren Police Detective Lt. Heidi Metz said an investigation remained ongoing after two sibling girls from Warren, ages 8 and 11, ran to a BP gas station on Dequindre and told a clerk they were chased by an apparently Middle Eastern male they passed while walking west on Nine Mile from Warner.

According to a police report, the suspect was further described as 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall with a heavy build and grey hair.

Warren Police Detective James Wolfe, the officer in charge of the case, said the man was reportedly 29 or 30 years old with a complexion marked with indentations, scratches and red bumps. The man now sought by police may also walk with a limp.

“The suspect grabbed the one sister, and then the other sister punched him to stop it,” Wolfe said. “It (the punch) was before the gas station. It sounds like he never even got to the gas station. He immediately stopped.”

The girls reportedly told police the man — wearing a white T-shirt and cut-off blue jean shorts — was walking east on Nine Mile and had passed them. He allegedly then turned around and began following them, and eventually ran after them when they started running away.

The suspect reportedly tried to grab the hood of the 8-year-old girl’s jacket in the parking lot of the gas station and was reportedly punched in the neck by her older sister. He allegedly fled west on Nine Mile away from the gas station.

Wolfe said the man never made it inside BP but that investigators were reviewing video from other area businesses to possibly further identify the suspect.   

Anyone with information about the man or the incident can reach Warren police at (586) 574-4700.

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