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Police release photos of pickup after teens were approached near school

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 00:39:42-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Police have released surveillance photos of a pickup truck wanted in connection with what is believed to have been an attempted abduction in Colonial Heights Monday afternoon.

Police are looking for two men, who are described as Hispanic males in their mid-thirties, they said approached a two students near a  school around 2:15 p.m.

Detectives released security camera images of the truck, which is described as a mid-1990s red Ford Ranger. The pickup has a bug shield on the front hood and a noticeable dent on the right side of the body above the rear wheel.

A 14-year-old girl and her friend were walking down Conduit Road near Tussing Elementary in Colonial Heights around 2:15 p.m. when she said they were nearly abducted.

“At first we didn't know what was happening because he was just sitting there,” the teen told WTVR CBS 6 reporter Jasmine Norwood. "We were right beside those woods and we were just going down the road to get back to my house. I turned back around and I was just like, 'Oh gosh.' And he started to come towards us.”

Photos of the truck

Photos of the truck

The girl said she was near an access road when two Hispanic men pulled up in a rusty, red pickup truck. That is when she said the passenger leaned most of his upper body out of the car as if he were going to grab her.

“He was saying there was something wrong with his car and we both needed to get in and help him like quick,” she said.

She said that was when she realized something was not right.

“My friend she had started running before me and she was like, ‘He's trying to get us in the car!’” she said. “And I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I stared at him for a split second and that's when I took off.”

That's when both teens ran towards the back of the school.

If you have information that could help investigators, call Colonial Heights Police at 804-520-9300 or the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crimes Solvers at 804-748-0660.