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Attempted abduction puts PCC on alert

Students pleased with security response
Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 13:25:05-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An attempted kidnapping at Pima Community College West campus has police there looking for a suspect, and students thinking about safety.   The attempt happened at the campus on Greasewood near Anklam.
       
A man described as a black man with a ringlet, or cornrow hairdo tried to force a woman into his car.  His car was a small gray vehicle possibly with four doors and tinted windows.
 
PCC Police have now released a sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with the incident.
 
The west campus is PCC's largest with almost eight thousand students.
        
It was a quiet Thursday afternoon when student phones started lighting up with urgent warnings from Pima College Police---warning of an attempted abduction with the suspect still at large.
 
It was mid afternoon, broad daylight.  A woman was near the stairs that lead up to this upper part of the campus. When a man jumped out of a gray car and tried to pull her into the vehicle.  He said he had been watching her. She was able to break away and get to safety.
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 PCC sent warning e-mails, boosted police patrols and shut down the west campus for the rest of Thursday.
 
PSS Sophomore Sarah Martinez says, “I think they did a good job cause they closed down campus and they got everyone out since they didn't know where he was."
     
Students tell us the attack is disturbing but overall the college does a good job keeping students safe.
 
PCC Junior Nathan Padilla says, “I got the text while I was out and I thought it was pretty fast and responsive.”  
 
Junior Sarah Decker says, “I think honestly for me as a woman it doesn't make me comfortable that that's happening but knowing that they do have that backup is nice; that they let everybody know so quickly."
 
And the college is reminding students to be aware of surroundings, watch for suspicious behavior, walk in well lighted areas, and check their cars in case an attacker is waiting inside.