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Teen says man tried to abduct her outside Minnesota State Fair

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl after she left work at the Minnesota State Fair, and she escaped when she sprayed Mace in his face, police said Friday.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl after she left work at the Minnesota State Fair, and she escaped when she sprayed Mace in his face, police said Friday.

Police ask anyone who saw what happened about 8:50 p.m. Thursday to come forward. The teen had just left work at the Fair, which had its first day Thursday, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. She was walking just off the Fairgrounds, heading north on the east side of Snelling Avenue, by Arlington Avenue, and saw a black four-door vehicle with black rims pulled over to the side of the road.

Two men were in the car and two men were outside, and they began calling to her, Linders said. The girl said she did not know them. The men commented on the teen’s appearance and what she was wearing and told her she should go with them and she’d have a “good time,” the police spokesman said.

As the teen got close, one man approached and wanted her to get into the car, but she refused. He grabbed her by the arm and the back of the neck and tried to force her into the vehicle, Linders said. The teen pulled out Mace she carries with her and sprayed him in the face. He and the other men yelled at her, and she ran away.

Police are looking for any surveillance video in the area and are asking anyone with information to contact them at (651) 266-5650.

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The man who grabbed the teen is described as a black male in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, short hair, and wearing a red-and-blue shirt with large stitching on it, Linders said.

The teen, who has bruising on her arm and neck, filed a report with State Fair police right away, Linders said.

“Generally speaking, the State Fair and the areas around it are very safe,” he said. “This is unusual.”

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