Police: St. George teen runs, escapes when man tries to pull her into vehicle

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St. GEORGE, Utah, March 17, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The St. George Police Department said a 16-year-old girl was able to escape from a man who tried to pull her into his Jeep Wednesday afternoon.

A news release from the St. George Police Department said at approximately 3:45 pm, the teen was walking on South Hilton Drive, near a roundabout about a block north of 1470 South. South Hilton Drive is just west of Interstate 15 in south St. George, and runs parallel to the freeway.

“She was nearing the roundabout on the north end of the road where it turns to go west, and saw an older white Jeep pulled off to the side of the road,” the news release said. “A white male was standing next to the Jeep smoking a cigarette. The juvenile said the male grabbed her arm as she was walking past and started to pull her toward the Jeep.”

The man then told her “You need to get in the vehicle,” the news release said.

“Fortunately, the juvenile knew to scream and fight to get free,” the news release added. “As she was running away she looked back and saw a blonde female get into the Jeep willingly.”

The Jeep then drove off toward South Blackridge Drive, which runs parallel with Hilton Drive, to its west.

The man was described by the teen as being between 30 and 40 years of age and slightly taller than 5-feet-6-inches. He had shaggy hair and some facial hair.
The Jeep was described as older and white. It had a tinted back window with numerous stickers on it, but the teen wasn’t sure what kind of Jeep it was.
Anyone who sees a Jeep matching this description or has any additional information is asked to call SGPD dispatch at 435-627-4300 or Detective Robert Raybould at 435-627-4378.


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