A 19-year-old woman who was almost abducted by a stranger managed to break free before being dragged into her attacker’s car in Milton Keynes.
The victim had just left the Co-op story in High Street, New Bradwell on Thursday evening at 10.30pm when she was offered a lift by a man as it was raining.
She refused and walked away down Bradwell Road, but the man followed in his car and asked her to get in again and she said no.
The man drove on into Chipperfield Close where he got out and asked her for a third time to get in the car, but as she refused again he grabbed her by the waist and tried to drag her towards the vehicle.
The victim screamed and struggled and some people came out of the nearby New Inn pub and the man got back into his car and drove left onto the Bradwell Road towards New Bradwell.
Thames Valley Police has issued an e-fit of the man they wish to speak to in connection with this incident and say they are increasing patrols in the area.
He was driving a dark blue four door car similar to a Ford Mondeo. It had red and white beads with a red Ganesha elephant hanging from the rear view mirror.
Investigating officer Det Sgt Phil Turner-Robson said: “This was scary incident for this young woman which could have turned out to be even more serious incident.
“We would urge anyone who recognises this man from e-fit or the description of the vehicle to tell us a matter of urgency.
“We have been increasing patrols in the area but we would also like to reassure residents that this type of incident is very rare.”
If you have any information please contact Det Sgt Turner-Robson via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.