Fort Worth police look for gunman who tried to kidnap jogger near river

Posted Thursday, May. 08, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Police are looking for the man who reportedly tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint shortly before noon Sunday near the Trinity River west of downtown.

Officers said they were concerned because the incident happened in broad daylight during the final day of Mayfest not far away.

A 28-year-old woman jogging in the 1400 block of West Fifth Street told officers that she was approached by a man, armed with a black handgun, who tried “to physically force her to go with him,” police said in a news release.

“She was grabbed,” Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, told WFAA. “He said, ‘Come with me or I'll shoot you.’

“Thank God she was able to call for help.”

The woman’s screams got the attention of a couple walking nearby. The attacker moved away and was last seen walking west on West Fifth, police said.

“It was a brazen attempt during the day,” Knight said.

Police searched with patrol cars, bicycles and a helicopter, but they “were unable to locate the suspect,” according to the news release.

No similar incidents have been reported in the area. Detectives from the major case unit are investigating.

The woman said her attacker was black, 25 to 28 years old, about 6 feet and about 150 to 160 pounds. He had very dark, thick eyebrows, an approximately 1 1/2 inch Afro hairstyle and a dark complexion. He wore a dark purple shirt with a yellow and white graphic on the front, a white undershirt, dark jeans that appeared to be very wrinkled and black tennis shoes.

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to call 911; major case detectives, 817-392-44399; or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous, and they might be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if their tip helps clear the case, police said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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