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IU Police Investigating Two Unrelated Attempted Abductions

Indiana University police are investigating two separate abductions that were reported early Sunday morning. The incidents occurred during IU's Little 500 weekend, which is the busiest party weekend of the year in Bloomington.

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IUPD Lt. Craig Munroe says the first incident happened around 12:10 a.m. along the State Road 45/46 bypass. A 20-year-old IU student was walking east along the road near Bart Kaufman Field when a black male in a dark-colored Toyota sedan pulled up behind her. Munroe says the male told the woman, "I'll take you where you are going." When the woman ignored the offer, the man got out of his vehicle, grabbed her arm with both hands and said, "I'll give you a ride." The woman started screaming and struggling. She fell into a ditch and the suspect got into his car and drove away eastbound.

Munroe says about 30 minutes later, there was another attempted abduction near the intersection of 18th and Dunn. He says a 19-year-old IU student was walking home with a friend and they'd just split up. She had a short distance to walk to her destination when a black Jeep Cherokee pulled up behind her. One of the three men in the vehicle asked the woman if she needed a ride, but she ignored them. A passenger riding in the back of the Jeep then got out of the car, grabbed the woman by the wrist and asked her to take a ride. She pulled away and Munroe says the suspect punched the woman in the face so hard she lost a tooth. The man had black hair and was wearing a purple athletic jersey. The suspects fled the scene and the woman sustained serious injuries. She walked to a nearby residence after getting help from people nearby and called police.

IU sent out emergency alerts about both incidents early Sunday morning.

"These ladies did absolutely the right thing," Munroe says. "Never get into a vehicle with anyone."

Police are still investigating both incidents. They're asking anyone with information to call IUPD at 812-855-4111.

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