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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Suspect sketches: Shawnee police hope to ID men in abduction attempt

  • Sketches of suspects sought in the attempted abduction of a Shawnee High School student are being released in hopes someone can identify them.
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  • Sketches of suspects sought in the attempted abduction of a Shawnee High School student are being released in hopes someone can identify them.
    Shawnee police have had few leads to follow in the case and are pleading to the public for any tips.
    The 14-year-old student was grabbed and forced into an older model black van while walking to school the morning of Nov. 7.
    She began kicking, scratching and biting at those suspects until she could escape and run to her home.
    With assistance from sketch artists at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the teen's description for two suspects has been drafted into sketches; Shawnee police released those Wednesday.
    Suspect No. 1 is described as being a white male who is about 6 feet tall, with a slender build and weighing about 180 pounds. He was described as being about 34 years old, with light brown short hair with grey at the temples, with crooked teeth and a fair complexion. He was wearing an athletic shirt, dark blue basketball shorts and tennis shows, along with a blue bandana around his head.
    The second suspect is described as being a Hispanic male who is about 26 years old and weighs about 170 pounds. He is believed to be about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium to slender build. He had black spiked hair with a dark mustache and was wearing a black T-shirt with letters on the front reading, "Just Do it," along with blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
    The van, an older model, was painted flat black, and had tined windows and a cargo door on the passenger side. There was reported to be a large dent on the passenger side.
    The abduction incident 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," Detective Ronnie 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 Hispanic.
    The search for the van and possible suspects continues. Police haven't released the teenager's name for her own safety.
    Wilson said anyone with information about this case or any tips about possible identification of the two suspects in the drawings should call Detective Wilson at 405-878-1634. Information also can be left on a tip line, 273-1313.

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