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‘He snatched my hair,’ Girl recounts terrifying attempted abduction at school bus stop

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-12 06:44:29-05

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- A teenage Dinwiddie County girl said she got close to a man she didn’t know Tuesday afternoon and he grabbed her hair and tried to yank her into the car. Police said the near abduction happened on Flatfoot Road at around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl was able to fight and get away by running up a quarter mile driveway and never looking back.

"His car pulled into my lane and he tooted [the] horn," the 15-year-old girl, who asked CBS 6 to conceal her identity, said. "He was like, ‘Your mom told me to come get you, because your grandma died.’”

When the girl questioned the man about his statement, he said "Yeah, your mom's mom."

The girl knew he man was lying because her grandmother died nearly 10 years ago. The girl said when she gave the strange man a puzzled look, the man made his move.

"He snatched my hair and pulled me to the car,” she said. “I was able to pull back and run up the hill and lock the doors and call 911."

Dinwiddie Deputies called this an isolated, but credible incident.  They said as far as a suspect description goes, they don't have much.

"He was a black male, wearing a hoodie, hiding his appearance,” said Maj. William Knott.  “She did not know who he was, it was a stranger."

Deputies said the man was driving an older car model, a black sedan that was possibly a four-door Chevy Caprice.

"It's devastating,” said the girl’s mother, who also asked not to be identified. “It's every parent’s worst nightmare."

The attempted abduction has the rural community buzzing, hoping the unidentified driver doesn't try it again.

"I'm going to get her some mace so she can protect herself," the victim’s mother said.

The 15-year-old girl said her days off getting off at the bus stop alone are over for now.  Several neighbors vowed to do a better job of looking out for each other’s kids. Anyone with information about this incident or vehicle was asked to call Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s office at 804-469-4550 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.