An attempted kidnapping took place 11 p.m. Thursday on Greenwood Avenue, according to press release from the Columbia Police Department. The department was still investigating the incident as of Monday evening.
The female victim was walking down the road toward Broadway when a driver came from the opposite direction and stopped his vehicle alongside so he could speak with her, according to the release.
After attempting to talk with the victim, the driver grabbed her hair and pulled her towards his window, police said. The victim was able to escape and run to safety.
The press release described the car as a gold or tan Honda Odyssey.
The Columbia Police Department cautioned citizens to avoid walking alone or in dimly lit areas, to pay attention to their surroundings and to stand a foot away from any vehicle if a driver stops to speak with them.
If a similar incident occurs, the department said residents should walk away and memorize the vehicle's license plate. If they are followed, they should cross the street or change direction, find someplace safe and call local law enforcement. They should never return home in this situation.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Columbia Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477 to remain anonymous.
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