Woman escapes attempted abduction in Va.

WASHINGTON — A woman recently escaped danger when two men grabbed her from behind and tried to abduct her. She struggled and screamed, the only thing she could do to save herself.

The incident occurred along North Columbus Street near 2nd Street at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“A woman was walking alone, along the street, when two unknown males came up behind her and attempted to put a bag over her head,” said Ashley Savage, a spokeswoman with the Arlington County Police Department. “She began to pull away and she was also screaming as loud as she could. That could have scared the two individuals off. They eventually let go and fled the area.”

Police are looking for two Hispanic men, each about 5 feet 7 inches and weighing about 130 pounds.

One was wearing a dark-colored shirt and black and white checkered shorts.

The other was wearing a dark-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.

The woman’s loud screams are the right thing to do for those in similar situations.

“Absolutely you want to make as much noise as you can,” Savage continued. “You want to alert anybody in the area so you can get help as soon as possible.”

With winter giving way to the warmer days of spring, police offer a couple of sensible safety tips.

“As the weather gets nicer and you’re going out, if you’re going for a walk, let somebody else know where you’re going,” Savage said. “If you can have somebody be with you, please do that. At least have your cell phone on you if something does happen.”

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Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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