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Deputies say a Cornelius teenager escaped an unknown man who tried to abduct her.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to find a man who allegedly tried to abduct a Cornelius middle school student while she walking home from school earlier this week.

The girl, 14-year-old student at Neil Armstrong Middle School, had reportedly gotten off a school bus on Tuesday, May 21, and was walking home near North 21st Avenue and North Holladay Street when an unknown man grabbed her from behind.

The girl was able to get away from the man and was not injured.

Staff at Neil Armstrong Middle School called Washington County Sheriff's deputies that day after learning about the incident.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, with black curly hair and a full black beard. He was seen getting into an older white van with a sliding door and tinted windows, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies are asking for the public's assistance in locating the van and identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-629-0111.

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