Man attempts to abduct Baker teen walking home from library

Baker police are searching for a man who tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl Monday afternoon as she walked home from the library.

Police Chief Mike Knaps said the girl was walking home from the library, which was closed, when a man with a mohawk haircut drove up in a sport utility vehicle and asked the girl if she needed a ride home.

When she said, “No,” he cut her off with the vehicle, jumped out and grabbed her arm to pull her into the vehicle, Knaps said.

The teenager yanked her arm free and ran, at which time the man drove away, Knaps said.

Knaps described the vehicle as a silver, older model SUV with “Rodeo” written across the back window in big letters; the kidnapper was described as a light-skinned black man.

“These type of predators are opportunity predators,” he said.

He said his officers did not recognize the vehicle and the driver may not be from Baker.

Knaps urged anyone who recognized the vehicle to call the Police Department at 775-6000 or Crimestoppers at 344-7867.