Police searching for suspect in attempted abduction

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 13, 2012

Police in Roseville are searching for a man involved in a failed abduction attempt that left a Roseville woman with minor injuries during the evening Nov. 9.

Police said the 19-year-old woman was walking home near 12 Mile Road and Gratiot when the suspect first approached her, pulling up alongside her on northbound Gratiot and asking if her name was Kim.

“The victim replied ‘no,’ and the suspect attempted to engage the victim in a conversation,” said Police Chief James Berlin.

When the victim ignored further attempts by the suspect to talk, he drove off, but not for long. As the victim entered the residential area where she lives, she saw the beige SUV again.

“The victim continued walking home and observed the suspect now circling the residential area she was walking in,” Berlin said.

In fear for her life, the victim ran toward her home, but the suspect gave chase and cut her off at Michigan and Connecticut streets, where he exited his vehicle and grabbed her. A struggle ensued as the man tried to pull the victim into his car.

In her report, the victim told police that she struck the suspect several times in the face and head before being able to break free from his grasp. When she did, the suspect returned to his car and fled the area.

The victim suffered minor lacerations to her face and bruising to her hands in the altercation with the suspect, whom she described to responding officers as a 30- to 40-year-old white man, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with bright blue or green eyes and wearing an orange hunting-style shirt and blue jeans.

The victim was unable to get a license plate but identified the car as a beige GMC Tahoe or Yukon. Police searched the area late into the night but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.

As of press time, the department has not identified the suspect, but Berlin said detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

“Every case is different, but our closure rate is phenomenal, so hopefully we will be able to identify and apprehend the man involved.”

The department is looking into offering a self-defense class for residents. Berlin said information on RAD, or Rape Assault Defense, will not be available until January 2013, but that the department is hoping to have officers trained to teach the defense class by early next year. More information on the class will be released as it becomes available.

Berlin said similar classes are available through martial arts instructors and at gyms around the metro Detroit area, but the first step in self-defense is to remain aware.

“You have to have situational awareness and be cognizant of your surroundings,” he said. “Walk in well-lit places, and if you have a cellphone, carry it with you.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident or who may be able to help identify the man involved is asked to immediately contact the Roseville Police Department at (586) 447-4483.