Woman says violent crimes are not common in area of attempted abduction

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MISSION, Kan. -- A woman who works in the area where an attempted abduction happened Monday night says she shocked to hear of the violent crime.

Mission police tell FOX 4 a woman was leaving the HyVee store at 6655 Martway at about 7:30 p.m. when the attempted abduction happened.

Police say the victim came out of Hy-Vee with her groceries and as she put them in her car the suspect approached her with a sharp object, either a knife or a razor. The suspect tried to force her into her car and get her to drive him away. But instead of following his orders, the woman fought the suspect off and ran back into the store to get help. Somewhere in the process the woman was cut.

Police arrested the suspect about 45 minutes after the attack, but a woman who works across the street from the grocery store says the area is usually safe and violent crimes such as this just don't happen.

"A customer came back in and informed me he had been shopping at Hy-Vee and walked in and saw a lady standing inside bleeding and blood was on the floor," Paulette Beckley said.

The victim told officers she didn't know the suspect but saw him run across the street. The Olathe K-9 unit followed the suspect’s scent to the roof of a nearby shopping center. An officer spotted the suspect trying to climb down from the roof and arrested him.

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.

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