13-year-old fended off attacker

Craig Police Department pursuing kidnapping suspect

The Craig Police Department is "aggressively investigating" an attempted kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student, officers announced Thursday.

On Feb. 25, the police department received a report that the female student thwarted a would-be attacker from sexual assaulting her after he'd grabbed her by the arm and pushed her into his car. The reported incident took place Feb. 9 in the area of the middle school, police reported.

The girl was walking home from school alone, said Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department. She was able to fight off the attacker, escape the vehicle and run away from the area, he said.

The suspect then fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a 30- to 35-year-old male with short dark hair and dark complexion. Police said he could possibly be Hispanic and is between 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build.

Police reported that he was driving a small four-door car, light brown to gold in color, with dark interior and a spoiler on the trunk.

The 13-year-old girl was not injured, police said.

Forgay said police have increased after-school patrols at all local schools since the attempted kidnapping and assault was reported, and would continue to do so for the immediate future.

He also recommended that parents remind their children to walk with a friend when leaving school, or get a ride from parents or a friend. Anything is preferable, he said, than walking home alone.

CMS principal Bill Toovey said the school would be offering safety tip reminders to parents and students in light of the February incident.

Police are asking the public to report any information that may assist identifying the suspect or his vehicle. Information can be reported directly to the department's Investigations Unit at 826-2367, 826-2368 or 826-2384.

Tippers who want to remain anonymous may also report information through CrimeStoppers at 824-3535.

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