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Sioux Falls police investigate an attempted kidnapping


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Police are searching for a man who tried pulling a 17-year-old Sioux Falls girl into his car near the Empire Mall late yesterday morning.

     Officer Sam Clemens says the girl was walking to work near the Sears Automotive shop when a man in a four-door, reddish or maroon car pulled up to her and asked her what was going on.

     Clemens says he grabbed her arm and pulled her toward his open driver’s door.  He says the girl was able to fight him off and get away.  The suspect fled in his car southbound out of the Mall parking lot.

     The suspect is described as a black male, in his twenties, slender build, short hair and was wearing a red shirt and a black, yellow and white hat.    

     Clemens says investigators are looking over Mall surveillance video.