Neighbors on alert after man tries to abduct Peoria teen

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Sketch of suspect By Jennifer Thomas Sketch of suspect By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 16-year-old girl walking home from her school bus stop Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said Thursday that they have received several tips from the public and while they are following up on those leads, they cannot release any additional information right now.

The high school student was walking northbound on 69th Avenue from Olive Avenue at approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when a man slowed his car and began talking to her, according to police spokesman Jay Davies.

The man then got out of his vehicle, grabbed the girl and tried to pull her into the car. She fought back and the man drove away in a southbound direction.

Davies said the victim sustained minor injuries.

The teen, who did not have a cell phone on her, went home and called relatives, who took her to a local hospital and called police.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 to 220 pounds. Police said he had a medium build and was muscular with thick arms. He also had large wide eyes, very dark skin and no facial hair.

The suspect was wearing a dark polo-style shirt and was driving a medium-blue 2002 to 2005 Kia or similar four-door sedan.

Police released a sketch of the suspect Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Peoria police tip line at 623-773-7045, Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS or 1-800-343-TIPS.