Woman nearly abducted in Third Ward

August 11, 2011 5:09:04 AM PDT
A Houston woman is telling us her story of how someone tried to kidnapped her. It is one of several serious crimes in the neighborhood and she hopes her warning will save others.

The woman and her neighbors are asking police to beef up patrols. They say this assault has them freaking out and watching their backs.

"Just out of nowhere, I was grabbed," the victim said.

The woman doesn't want to show her face. She's says she's afraid the strange man who attacked her on the 3300 block of Polk Street is still roaming the area.

"He didn't say as word, but just looked at me and he just held on to me," the woman said.

The woman says she was returning home from exercising when that unknown man grabbed her from behind and began pulling her toward some bushes a week and a half ago.

"I was trying to get away. I was screaming, kicking, but he just kept holding on. And I don't think that I would have gotten away if it wasn't for a car that started down the street. Then he let me go, and I fell to the ground," she said.

That assault is the latest in a recent string of violent crimes targeting women in the Third Ward. And it has neighbors across in this transitional area on edge.

"It's very disturbing. It's not the way your life should be, it's not the way our community should be at all," said Barbara Nimmer, who works in the area.

Community activists say another woman is reporting being grabbed by a strange man near the 3200 block of Sampson Tuesday night and also managed to get away.

The suspect's description is similar in both cases.

The victims describe the attacker as a dark skinned man in his late 20s having a slim build.

For now, this woman's hoping her story can help save someone else.

"I felt that if I had actually been taken down into the bushes, that would have been the end of me," the victim said.

Houston police say this case is being handled by the major assaults division. Anyone with information is being asked to call Houston police.

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