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Pott. County deputies investigate attempted abduction of teen in rural McLoud

Kim Morava

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an attempted abduction after suspects allegedly tried to kidnap a teenager while he was skateboarding in a rural McLoud area.

Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the incident occurred before 7 p.m. Saturday evening in the area of Memorial Road and Fishmarket Road.

A 16-year-old boy was skateboarding in that area, Palmer said, when the driver of a mid-to-late 1990s model green Chevrolet pickup forced him off the road and into the grass of a nearby ditch.

Two suspects — a black male and a white male — allegedly forced the teen into the back of the pickup as the teen tried to fight them, Palmer said, with one suspect armed with a gun and making threats to shoot and kill him.

As one suspect held him down, the teen reported the other suspect tried to remove his clothing so he fought back and was able to break free and jump from the pickup to run to a house for help.

The suspects fled the scene with the teen’s pants, jacket and shoes, Palmer said, with the teen reporting minor injuries, including a bite mark to his hand.

Just over a mile away from the original scene, Palmer said deputies found the teen’s jacket and shoes in an area just over the county line, but the teen’s pants and wallet are still missing.

Palmer said investigators have put out information about the suspect vehicle to law enforcement officers in surrounding counties; they don’t have a description of the third suspect who was driving.

The call for help came in around 7:22 p.m. Saturday, Palmer said, so the incident occurred before that, likely between 6 and 7 p.m. Anyone who might have seen a green pickup in that area and has any information in the case is asked to call Lt. Travis Dinwiddie at 405-273-1727.

As part of the investigation, deputies also are checking surveillance footage from homes in that area.