SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (1/4/2019) - A woman trying to help a stranded motorist was the target of an attempted abduction just before 9 p.m. Thursday north of St. Charles.
Courtesy: Saginaw County Sheriff's Office
The woman was able to escape and the search is on for her attacker.
The 21-year-old woman was driving along Baumgartner Road in Swan Creek Township when she came upon a man whose car had broken down. The woman noticed a young child, possibly 5 or 6 years old, in the car as well.
Investigators say the woman went back to her car to get some tools.
"She went back to her car, opened the car door," Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel said. "At that time the male adult had followed her back to her car. As she looked around, he grabbed by the chin and by the arm."
The woman fought to get away from her attacker and ran down the road to the nearest house, where she pounded on the doors and the residents called 911 for her. She lost her shoes in the frantic dash.
The victim told detectives that the man said "you are coming with me" before she broke free. Police in the area could not find the small four-door blue sedan the man and the child were in.
Maureen Howell, who lives a few houses down from where the incident happened, said she is frightened by the incident can keeps her doors locked now.
"You don't think its going to happen by you," Howell said. "You know it happens, but the first thing I thought it thank God she got away."
Federspiel said investigators have a lead on who the man might be.
"We have received tips," he said. "We are going to put a possible suspect into this lineup."
He recommends anyone who sees someone in distress along the roadway to call 911 first.
"Carry your phone, call 911," Federspiel said. "We will be the ones to approach. We are happy to do that."
The suspect is believed to be in his 50s or 60s. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's office.