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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Abductors at-large: Search continues for suspects who forced teen into van

  • Shawnee police have few leads and are pleading to the public for any tips in the case of a high school student who escaped an abduction attempt last week.
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  • Shawnee police have few leads and are pleading to the public for any tips in the case of a high school student who escaped an abduction attempt last week.
    The 14-year-old girl fought her way free from three abductors who forced her into a van as she walked to Shawnee High School on the morning of Nov. 7. She began kicking, scratching and biting at those suspects until she could escape and run to her home.
    Shawnee police have been searching for the suspects and an older model black van.
    Detective Ronnie Wilson said they've followed several leads in this probe, but those leads haven't developed. Wilson, who said they have received some phone tips for this case, believes there are others who might have seen something that day that could help investigators solve this case.
    The abduction occurred in the 600 block of West Ford when the van pulled up behind the teen as she walked to school.
    "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 and rolled out of the vehicle onto the ground on Highland Street, between Kickapoo and Louisa, 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 continues. Police haven't released the teenager's name for her safety.
    Wilson said anyone with information about this case is asked to call the tip line at 273-1313.
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