SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Sanford police are asking for the publics help in locating a man believed to attempted to possibly abduct a woman Friday night.

Officials say that just before 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, an 18 year-old woman was walking home when she was grabbed by an unknown male and dragged toward a vehicle parked nearby. The victim told police that she was walking down Brook St., turned down Eastern Ave., and walked by what she thought was a dark red or maroon Kia Soul parked in a driveway with its lights on.

The victim said she walked past the car and heard the door open and then someone grabbed her by the arm. She says she then turned to swing her bag at the perpetrator and he began to drag her. The victim started to scream and a man walking his dog in the neighborhood yelled out at the would-be abductor. Officials say the distraction was enough to interrupt the event and the man ran back to his vehicle and drove off.

Police say the suspect is described as a white male, between 5'8"-5'10", with chin length shaggy hair and an unkempt beard.

Detectives from the Sanford Police are also looking to speak with the man who was walking his dog. They say they are hoping he may be able to offer more details, but also say they wish to thank the man for his help.

Police say anyone with information regarding the identity of the perpetrator or information about this case, are asked to call Det. Sarah Roberts at 207-324-9170 ext. 226 or the Sanford Police Department Tip Line at 324-9170 ext. 4.

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