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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Update: Teen escapes van, suspects after kidnapping attempt near SHS

  • A 14-year-old girl fought three abductors who forced her into a van Thursday by kicking, scratching and biting at the suspects until she could escape.
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  • A 14-year-old girl fought three abductors who forced her into a van Thursday by kicking, scratching and biting at the suspects until she could escape.
    Shawnee police are now on the lookout for three suspects in the case and an older model black van.
    Detective Ronnie Wilson said the teenager was walking to Shawnee High School Thursday morning and was in the 500 block of West Ford when a van pulled up to her from behind.
    "Two guys got out — one grabbed her by the arms and chest and the other by her feet," Wilson said, then lifted her up and tossed her into the van.
    As the van fled westbound, that teenager fought back.
    "She kept kicking, scratching and biting," Wilson said. "She didn't give in — she kept fighting."
    A few blocks away from where she was snatched, the teenager reported she was able to pull open the van door and "roll out" of the vehicle onto the ground, the detective said.
    She ran away and didn't stop until she got home to safety, Wilson said.
    The teen told police there were three suspects — two white males and one male who was either Hispanic or Native American.
    The search for the van and possible suspects is ongoing. Wilson said the teen didn't see that the suspects had any weapons.
    So far, police have no other witnesses to what happened but they plan to interview the teen further in hopes of gathering more information to apprehend these suspects.
    "She was pretty shook up," Wilson said.
    The detective said students walking to school are advised to walk in groups and not alone.
    The investigation is ongoing.
    Wilson said anyone with information about this case is asked to call the tip line at 273-1313.
    Watch for updates.
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