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Woman fights off abduction attempt

Pinellas sheriff's detectives are looking for two men who attempted to abduct a woman from a parking lot at a business near Largo.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said the 23-year-old woman fought with her would-be captors Wednesday afternoon and managed to get away. She sustained minor injuries.

"She kicked, screamed and punched, and got out of there," Pasha said.

Pasha said the incident happened as the woman was walking in a parking lot at 13215 38th St. N near Largo about 3:30 p.m. A faded white van was parked in the lot.

As the woman walked by, a man pulled her into the rear of the van. With another man at the wheel, the van began moving.

The woman fought with the man, kicking him in the groin and scratching his face, Pasha said. He let go of her and she fell out of the back of the van and ran.

Pasha said the van was sighted in St. Petersburg, but there have been no reports of similar incidents.

The van was described as a 1960s or 1970s model, with no side windows and square bubble windows on the rear doors. The interior has no carpet. It has two black vinyl bucket seats with a brown wood box similar to a tool box behind the driver's seat. A beaded white cross hangs from the rearview mirror.

The man who grabbed the woman was described as 28 to 35 years old, with a fair complexion and a thin build. He has hazel eyes, unevenly cut shoulder-length blond hair and acne-type scars around his nose. He has jagged, rotten teeth and bad body odor, and may have scratches on the right side of his face.

The other man, who was driving, was described as Hispanic with a dark complexion. He has collar-length, straight black hair.

Anyone with information about the men or the van is asked to call sheriff's Detective Rob Snipes at 582-6200.

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