DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A teenage Dinwiddie County girl says she got close to a man she didn’t know Tuesday afternoon and he grabbed her hair and tried to yank her into the car.
Police said the near abduction happened on Flatfoot Road at around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The girl was able to fight and get away by running up a quarter mile driveway and never looking back.
“His car pulled into my lane and he tooted horn,” said the 15-year-old, who asked CBS 6 to conceal her identity.
But her horrifying story is one she wants every parent to hear.
“He was like, ‘Your mom told me to come get you, because your grandma died,’” she told CBS 6. “I said, ‘My grandma?’ He said, ‘Yeah, your mom’s mom.’ Well, I knew that wasn’t right because she died when I was six.”
The girl says she gave the strange man a puzzled look, and then he made his move. “He snatched my hair and pulled me to the car,” she said. “I was able to pull back and run up the hill and lock the doors and call 911.”
Dinwiddie deputies call it an isolated but credible incident that happened off Flatfoot Road. But they say as far as a description goes, they don’t have much to work with.
“He was a black male, wearing a hoodie, hiding his appearance,” said Maj. William Knott. “She did not know who he was, it was a stranger.”
Deputies say he was driving an older car model, a black sedan that was possibly a four-door Chevy Caprice.
“It’s devastating,” said the girl’s mother, who also asked not to be identified. “It’s every parent’s worst night mare.”
It’s an attempted abduction that has this rural community buzzing, hoping the unidentified driver doesn’t try it again. “I’m going to get her some mace so she can protect herself,” said the victim’s mother.
The 15-year-old says her days off getting off at the bus stop alone are over for now. Several neighbors said they are vowing to do a better job of looking out for each other’s kids.
Anyone with information about this incident or vehicle was asked to call Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s office at 804-469-4550 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.