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Teen girl nearly abducted while running along popular greenway

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A hunt is underway after a teenager says she was nearly kidnapped along a popular greenway in south Charlotte.

The 16-year-old girl told police she was running along the McMullen Creek Greenway Thursday morning when a man grabbed her from behind. He tried to force her back into the woods and even threatened her with a knife, she told police.

The victim said she tried to free herself and got into a struggle with the man. He then ran away and she called 911.

Police say it is strange for an incident like this to happen in the middle of the day. "We've looked back we haven't had any similar incidences that happen in the middle of the day like this," said Captain Jim Wilson.

The man is described as a black or Hispanic male, approximately 25 years of age, 6'0" and 190 lbs. He was last seen wearing a light blue T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts/pants.

The victim told police the man only spoke Spanish.

"Just think about it you're walking on the greenway by yourself, you're listening to your music and all of a sudden somebody comes out of nowhere and blindsides you and tries to back you off," said Wilson, "You don't expect that to happen."

Wilson said people need to be safety conscious when they're out on the greenway, don't run alone or walk alone and bring a cell phone.

CMPD said they will be increasing their presence on the greenway with bicycle patrol officers and duel sport motorcycles. Of course if you have any information about this case or see something suspicious on the greenway contact police. 

Anyone with additional information concerning this incident or the suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704.334.1600 or visit the website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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