Phoenix high school student nearly abducted

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A high school student said she was nearly abducted this week.

Marianna Wann said she had just gotten off the city bus when it happened.

She said she started walking down 7th Avenue southbound toward Baseline Road when two men started to chase after her.

Wann said she was walking to Valley View Elementary School to meet her mother and brother at a soccer game when two men in a car started whistling at her.

She said she ignored them, but one of the men got out of the car and started following her.

That's when Wann said she picked up speed and noticed he did too, so she started running towards the Circle K at the corner of 7th Avenue and Baseline Road.

She said once she got close to the Circle K the man jumped back into the car and they sped off.

She said she didn't even notice where they went because she just kept running as fast as she could for another five minutes or so until she got to Valley View Elementary School.

"I didn't know what to do, so from all the nerves and scares, I just kept running," said Wann. "I didn't even walk into the Circle K, and my phone wasn't working during the time."

Her mom, Denise, said she found out when Wann got to the elementary school. That is when Denise called 911.

"She told me, ‘Mommy, call someone. Mommy, call someone.’ She was out of breath, and obviously I had no idea what was going on. I said, ‘what are you talking about? Why?’ And then she told me, ‘these guys were chasing me,’ and that's when I immediately dialed 911."

Roosevelt School District officials sent out a letter to parents describing the suspects' vehicle as a white older model sedan with tinted windows and paint chipping off the rear and a dent on or around the rear bumper.

The district also suggested parents talk to their children about stranger danger.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesman said the incident is under investigation.