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Woman abducted from HACC, later released

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg police and public safety officers at Harrisburg Area Community College are investigating an incident where a female student reported that she was abducted Monday morning from HACC's Main Campus.

The 18-year-old suburban Harrisburg woman said she parked her car in the West parking lot off Industrial Road and was gathering her belongings at around 7:45 a.m. when a strange man opened her car door and forced her into the passenger seat, according to city police.

She said he pointed a gun at her while he drove to the Enola area, then pulled into a parking lot where the Conodoguinet Creek meets the Susquehanna River. He forced the woman to walk to a wooded area and tried to sexually assault her, police said.

She said she was able to run when the attacker put down his gun, police said. She went to a nearby home for help and was not harmed, police said.

She later helped investigators prepare a composite sketch of the man she said abducted her. He was described as a white man with a goatee and short reddish hair, between 35 and 50 years old, with wire rim glasses and a small build, and about 5'7" tall.

The abductor took the woman's car back to the parking lot at HACC and left it there, police said.

Todd Crawley, HACC's public safety director, said the college sent an alert urging to students and employees to take precautions and contact campus security with any information. He said there is no immediate danger to the college community.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harrisburg police at 717-255-3175 or 717-255-3156, or Dauphin County Police dispatch at 717-558-6900.

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