By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- TBI is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the identification of an unidentified white male who tried to abduct a 14-year-old female at Providence MarketPlace late Friday night.
The suspect is believed to have attempted another abduction on July 24 in Clarksville.
The girl was standing outside the cars of two other females, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old outside Rack Room Shoes when the suspect approached with a weapon in his hand and attempted to force the 14-year-old into the 16-year-olds vehicle. The 18-year-old drove away when she witnessed the incident. The 16-year-old rolled up her window, and the suspect grabbed the 14-year-old. He forced her into front passenger seat of his vehicle. She was able to escape when he walked around to the drivers seat. The suspect left the area, and the victim ran away.
The 16-year-old was able to flag down a Mt. Juliet police officer in the shopping center to report the crime. Mt. Juliet Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol immediately responded to the area to look for the suspect, but he was not located.
The suspect was described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, short red hair, 210-250 pounds with a red goatee. He was last seen wearing a black Polo shirt, blue jeans and wearing black gloves with red finger tips. His vehicle was described as a smaller extended cab white pickup truck that has black interior and black door handles.
The incident in Clarksville happened at 10 a.m. on July 24 at the Walmart on Madison Street. A white male attempted to abduct a 17-year-old female. She escaped with the assistance of a good Samaritan. The truck at that incident was a white 2000-2004 Ford Ranger extended cap pick up with chrome bed rails that stop short of the cab. The suspect was armed with a black and silver handgun. The man had a similar description to the suspect in the Providence attempted abduction.
Anyone with information can contact the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 754-2550. Information can be given anonymously at 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website, www.mjpd.org.
Persons can also contact the Clarksville Police Department at (931) 648-0656 or the TBI at (800) TBI-FIND.