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Police ID suspect in HACC student's abduction

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Clarence Shaffer (November 2012) Clarence Shaffer (November 2012)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg police have identified a suspect in the abduction of a Harrisburg Area Community College student.

Clarence Shaffer, 52, no fixed address, may be armed and should be considered dangerous, police said Tuesday.

An arrest warrant charging Shaffer with a Megan's Law violation has been issued so far. It lists a Kennett Square address.

Police said that Shaffer has family in the general area, but is said to be estranged from all, and he might have access to a vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding Shaffer's whereabouts is urged to call their local police department immediately.

The victim, an 18-year-old suburban Harrisburg woman, told police she was abducted Monday morning from the West parking lot of HACC's Main Campus.

She said a stranger opened her car door and forced her into the passenger seat of her car, then drove her at gunpoint to the Enola area, where he pulled into a parking lot where the Conodoguinet Creek meets the Susquehanna River, forced her 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.

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

Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed said Shaffer was sentenced to 4-14 years in prison in 1999 after pleading no contest to unlawful restraint and aggravated indecent assault for a similar incident in East Pennsboro Township in 1995.

Shaffer was released from state prison on November 28, five days before the abduction at HACC, Freed said.

Shaffer is registered as a lifetime offender under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law. He has also used the names William Murray and Clarence Shaffer.

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