By Sara Marett
Two cases of attempted abduction of females Tuesday evening have prompted the London City Police Department to issue a warning to the public concerning personal safety.
"Make sure you are not putting yourself in a volatile situation," said Rick Izzard, duty staff Sergeant for the LCPD. "We treat cases like these very seriously and they must be reported to the police."
Izzard said the first attempted abduction took place Tuesday evening between 7:30 and 8 p.m. in the parking lot at Masonville Place. It is reported a 17-year-old female was passing between two parked cars when a door from one of the cars opened and a man grabbed her and attempted to pull her into the car, Izzard said.
The victim struggled with the perpetrator and was able to break loose from his hold with only minor injuries, he added. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, six feet tall and as having an athletic build.
The male reportedly has dark brown short hair with a widow's peak, bushy eyebrows, an unkept beard and acne scars below his eyes, Izzard said, adding the vehicle involved was described by the victim as an older model maroon four-door car with grey interior.
Another incident reportedly took place at 8:45 p.m. the same night at a convenience store on Commissioners Road at Hall's Mills, Izzard said. "The 16-year-old female said she was standing outside waiting for a ride from her sister when a man approached her and offered her a ride."
When the perpetrator became more aggressive she ran away from him, Izzard reported, adding there was no physical contact in this incident. The suspect in this occurrence is a white male, 30-40 years in age, of medium height and approximately 200 pounds with dark brown hair and a moustache.
Izzard said the LCPD has not ruled out the possibility that the two occurrences could be related and warns students to be cautious of their personal safety.