Shopper fights off stranger who attempted to abduct her in Mission

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MISSION, Kan. -- Police arrested a man on Monday night after they say he attempted to force a woman leaving a Hy-Vee into a car while he threatened her with a sharp object. Mission police tell FOX 4 the woman was leaving the grocery store at 6655 Martway at about 7:30 p.m. when the attempted abduction happened.

Police say the woman fought back, and was able to run safely to her car. When officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter, a canine spotted the suspect scaling down from the roof of a nearby shopping center. The man was taken in custody, and there's no known association between him and the victim.

The victim was hospitalized for lacerations, but she's expected to be okay. A Mission police captain told FOX 4 that the woman likely saved her life by fighting back, saying that survival rates drop once an abductor is able to take their victim to another location.

"It could've been very bad and we're just fortunate she was able to escape from him," Mission Police Captain Daniel Madden said. "Like I said, whenever you have an attempted abduction you want to make sure you fight and you do not let that suspect take you to that next location."

FOX 4 is not naming the suspect because formal charges have not been filed, but police say the suspect is a 33-year-old Overland Park man who could face charges of aggravated robbery.

"This is an extremely unusual circumstance for us to have here," Capt. Madden said. "That is why we are taking it very seriously. Anytime you have someone that's trying to take another human being by force, it's one of the most serious crimes that you can investigate and we're going to make sure we do that thoroughly."

This story will be updated once the suspect is formally charged.

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