TOWN OF LARRABEE – A search is on in Waupaca County for a man accused of trying to abduct a woman and sexually assault her.
She got away, but so did he.
Authorities say the alleged victim helped a police sketch artist put together a drawing of the man.
She’s offered detailed descriptions of both the suspect and his truck.
It was 9:30 and dark Monday night when the 18-year-old woman was walking along County O.
Waupaca County investigators say she had left a friend’s home and was headed to a gas station in Clintonville, then to her mother’s house.
The woman told authorities about a half mile west of Highway 45, a man in a pickup truck stopped and offered her a ride.
“She reluctantly accepted. I think the way it sounded she, deep down, knew it wasn’t a good idea. But she did accept the ride,” said Don Conat, Waupaca Co. Detective Capt.
Conat tells FOX 11 the woman says she got scared when the man turned his truck around and started to drive in the opposite direction.
“He pulled the pickup truck to the side of the road and started making advances, ripping off some of her clothing,” said Conat.
So how did she get away? Police say the woman told investigators she put up a fight, kicking and biting the man, until she was able to escape. She ran into a cornfield, leaving her attacker behind.
Police say the woman described her alleged attacker as a 300 pound, white man in his late 30s to early 40s. He is balding and has a dark mustache. The man also has an accent or a speech problem.
The truck is described as an early 2000 model, four door pickup. It’s black or dark blue with a topper and a tan interior. Rosary beads with a cross hang from the rearview mirror. There is a white “Calvin” decal on the cab.
“Very concerning, if it truly did happen, there’s somebody out there that’s something they shouldn’t be doing and he poses a danger to the public,” said Conat.
People in the community we spoke with say the incident concerns them.
“If I see that truck, I’ll definitely get the tag number because I’m out wandering around a lot,” said Ruth Duchene of Clintonville.
“I’m probably going to stay a little closer to home. I like to run 110, which is a bigger county road, and I’ll probably stay a little more local, probably head to town to Marion or maybe join a gym,” said Jeanne Rohloff of Marion.
Waupaca sheriff’s officials say the woman had some minor injuries, but is doing okay.
Authorities say they have no reason at this point to doubt her story.
If you have any information you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (715) 258-4466.