Teenager says man grabbed her

March 20, 2007

A 16-year-old girl told Howard County police she was grabbed by a man who attempted to drag her into the woods yesterday afternoon on Martin Road, a few blocks from Atholton High School in Columbia.

Police asked for the public's help in identifying the assailant and issued a composite sketch based on the girl's description of the man: about 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with an average build, blue eyes and short hair and wearing a navy blue T-shirt and vest.

She told police the man was following her about 2:20 p.m. as she was walking from Atholton High, then grabbed her in an attempt to drag her into the woods. She said she fell to the ground and screamed, and the man ran south on Martin Road.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the police at 410-313-3200.

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