UPDATED: Teen’s escape from man who tried to coax her into his car

Lauren Dixon

 

By Elizabeth Archer

A teenage girl ran into on-coming traffic to escape a man who tried to coax her into into his car on Sunday.

Lauren Raynor-Dixon, 18, a Theatre and Performance student at Leeds University, was walking along Swincar Avenue in Yeadon at 9pm when a man pulled over and asked her to get into his blue Ford Fiesta, then got out of the car and grabbed her when she refused.

Police have now launched an appeal for witnesses.

She said: “The man told me he needed help, so I went over to see what he wanted. But that was a mistake because I had opened up communication.”

The man asked Lauren to get in his car, but she refused and began to walk away, prompting him to drive after her and try to pull her into the vehicle.

Lauren said: “He grabbed my arm really forcefully, and there was a struggle, but I managed to pull my coat out of his grip. It was terrifying. My heart was in my mouth.”

In her panic, Lauren ran into the road and narrowly avoided being hit by an on-coming car.

She said: “The car had to slam its brakes on and nearly hit me. It was so close my hands touched the bonnet.

“I’m trying not to imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t got away. When I got to my house, I just cried.

“I suffer from PTSD and depression already, so it’s been difficult. My partner had to come with me to the end of the drive this morning, because I’m scared to go outside the house.”

The suspect is described as an Asian male, in his early 20’s, slim build, 5″10-5″11 tall, no facial hair, wavy dark short hair, wearing a navy blue hooded zipped jacket with grey sleeves.  The vehicle is described as an blue Ford Fiesta.
Inspector Richard Coldwell of Otley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This incident has been very upsetting for the victim and we urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.
 
“Incidents like this are fortunately extremely rare in this area, enquiries are ongoing and neighbourhood patrols have been stepped up.”
Anyone who may have witnesses the incident or with information that may assist the police with their enquiries is asked to contact Otley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

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