Student almost kidnapped at University of Utah
Crime • Police only have general descriptions of the suspects and their car.
Published: February 19, 2014 06:26PM
Updated: February 25, 2014 11:13AM

Two people allegedly tried to kidnap a University of Utah student Tuesday night.

About 11:20 p.m., a 19-year-oldfemale student parked in a lot near the dormitories and was walking toward the housing when a white, four-door car approached her. The car was an older model, and resembled a Camry or Corolla that belongs to one of the student’s friends, said University of Utah police Sgt. Garth Smith.

Since someone in the car looked familiar to her, the student walked over to the passenger side — where a male in the front passenger seat opened the door and grabbed her arm, Smith said. She then realized the passenger was not who she thought he was, according to a university news release.

Just then, some people came around the building, which startled the would-be abductor and the car drove off, Smith added.

The student could only describe the two people in the car as white males, and that the one in the passenger seat had short blond hair and a light blue dress shirt. There is no surveillance footage of the parking lot to work from, Smith said.

The university police are cautioning students to be aware of their surroundings and to give them a call if they see anything out of the ordinary.

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