Police investigate attempted abduction near Tulane; video shows 'person of interest'

Police investigate attempted abduction near Tulane; video shows 'person of interest'

Police say that a man attempted to abduct a 20-year-old woman near Tulane University, holding the victim at knifepoint and groping her.

Officers have released new surveillance video depicting a person of interest in the case.

New Orleans police continue their search for a suspect sought on second degree kidnapping charges. Police state that the incident happened in the 7600 block of Oak Street around 3 a.m.

The 20-year-old victim tells police that she noticed an unknown Hispanic male following her. The suspect allegedly walked past the victim and attempted to open the door to a white vehicle parked nearby.

As the victim approached the suspect, police say that the suspect produced a knife and held it to the left side of her neck. The suspect made the victim walk with him to the 1100 block of Lowerline Street, where he started touching her inappropriately.

The victim states she saw two men walking nearby, and was able to break away from the suspect. The victim ran toward the men, yelling and screaming, and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Mobile users can see the newly released video of the person of interest here: http://bit.ly/1wkntdZ

Crimestoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. Citizens with information regarding this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867). Callers do not have to leave their name nor testify in court to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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