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Concord police investigate attack and attempted abduction

Concord Police released this sketch of a man suspected in an attempted abduction on November 26, 2013. 

(Courtesy)

Concord Police released this sketch of a man suspected in an attempted abduction on November 26, 2013. (Courtesy)

The Concord police are investigating the attempted abduction of a 19-year-old woman who said she was attacked while sitting on a back deck Tuesday evening.

The police said a man approached and attacked the woman, who was alone on the deck at a home on Curtice Avenue because she was caring for her neighbors’ dog. He pinned her down and repeatedly smashed her face into the deck, the woman told the police.

She did not know who the man was or where he came from.

“She wasn’t looking up, she just heard footsteps and at some point when she realized someone was there . . . he was on her,” said Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley.

As the man tried to drag the woman off the deck and toward a nearby tree line, the police said she fought him off and escaped into a nearby home.

She told the police the man fled along the railroad tracks that run next to the Merrimack River.

The alleged attack occurred at 5 p.m. Tuesday. O’Malley said it appeared the woman escaped after only a few moments.

“We’re not talking about an extended period of time,” he said. “This happens fairly quickly.”

The woman was treated for minor injuries at the scene, O’Malley said.

“We’re concerned because the alleged nature of this seemed to be random,” O’Malley said. “We certainly want the residents in that area to be aware of this and to call us if they see anything suspicious.”

The victim described the suspect as a white male with long dark hair. The police said he was wearing a dark-colored knit hat, a tan Carhart-style jacket and ripped blue jeans. He was about 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build, the victim told the police, and he was “very dirty.”

The police created a sketch of the man based on the woman’s description, in hopes that someone would recognize him.

A search of the area Tuesday night with help from the state police was limited because it was dark, O’Malley said. Concord police detectives were again canvassing the North End neighborhood off North State Street yesterday and speaking with residents.

“We’re going to see what we can learn from the neighbors,” O’Malley said. “We’re going to research our own records and see if we had any other similar activity. We’re certainly hoping . . . people recognize the sketch that we sent out.”

O’Malley said residents should contact the police if they saw any suspicious activity in the area Tuesday evening, before or after 5.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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