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August 7, 2002

New Details In Attempted Abduction

Ascension parish sheriff's deputies have gathered new details about a man who tried to kidnap an 18-year-old girl. And the man who saved her talks with 9 News. WAFB's Avery Davidson has details on the similarities in the description of the suspect and the Baton Rouge serial killer.

The two faces detectives have for this suspect are composite drawings deputies have copiled from two seperate witnesses of the failed abduction. They're both of the same man, who deputies believe just before six Wednesday night tried to kidnap a young woman walking back to her car from a Leblanc's Payless Gocery Store on Highway 42 in Galvez.

Deputies say the man grabbed her around the waist and legs and tried to force her into his pickup truck. That's when Fed-Ex delivery driver Joe Bowie saw what was going on, and rushed over to help. Deputies say the suspect then dropped the woman and sped away in his black pickup.

The suspect shown in the composite drawing above is described as a white man standing 5'10" to 6' tall, 175-190 pounds, with wavy or shaggy brown or sandy blond, collar legnth hair, fair complexion with no facial hair last seen wearing work clothes and a denim welder's cap worn backwards.

Witnesses say he sped away in a black, long wheel-base Chevy or GMC 1500 single cab pickup truck with a tinted back window, factory alloy rims and a damaged license plate. Bowie says he's glad he helped the young lady get to safety. 

Although there are many similarities between the suspect and the Baton Rouge serial killer, Sheriff Jeff Wiley tells 9 News he's not assuming this man is the murderer or not, but he says he's already spoken with East Baton Rouge detectives three times on Wednesday comparing notes.

Deputies ask if anyone has any information about this suspect to call the sheriff's department at 621-8300.

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