Police ID suspect in attempted abduction case

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police say they’ve arrested the man suspected of trying to abduct a woman who was out jogging Tuesday night.

While police arrested David Vincent Talkington Wednesday, they did not release his name or picture until Thursday morning after a photo lineup was completed.

According to Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department, Talkington, 22, has "admitted involvement in six other cases of assault and indecent exposure."

3TV’s cameras captured Talkington's arrest, which took place in a shopping center a couple of blocks from where the attempted kidnapping occurred 24 hours earlier.

Police say a 19-year-old woman was jogging Tuesday evening in the area of Dynamite Blvd and Alma School Road when a man exited a car parked in the shoulder and grabbed her.  A witness called 911 and told officers the suspect tried to pull the young woman into his car, but she fought back and managed to escape.

The victim is said to be OK. 

According to police, a witness followed Talkington's vehicle as he allegedly fled into a nearby neighborhood. That witness lost the car, however, and a subsequent search turned up nothing.

Investigators suspected there might be more victims, and several came forward.

“We’ve been having some calls, people that have seen this car, or have had similar incidents happen to them,” Clark said. 

With the help of witness statements, Scottsdale detectives were able identify Talkington and set up surveillance, which led to his arrest.

Meanwhile, people who live and jog near Troon North remain on edge.

“We made a point to go walking together tonight,” said Caroline Meyer who had her husband, Eric, by her side Wednesday night.

Coincidentally, the couple was jogging in the same area, around the same time as Tuesday’s crime.

“I’m so thankful that she’s OK,” Meyer said. She and her husband said they plan to be extra vigilant, as a result.

“We’ve talked about the need to be more careful when we go out, walking and running,” she said.

Clark said police expected to release more information about Talkington later Thursday morning.

Felony charges are pending.