Fresno Sheriff’s Office warns of possible abductor

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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public to be on the lookout for a man who possibly made an abduction attempt in a grocery store parking lot last week.

The suspect pulled into the parking lot of Valley Food Market, located at 2259 W. Tahoe Ave. in Caruthers., around 3:45 p.m. on June 26.

The man was driving a silver color 2014 or 2015 Nissan Sentra car. After staying parked in a stall for six minutes, the man slightly cracked open the rear passenger door of the car, the Sheriff’s Office said. Eight minutes later, he opened the door halfway as a young woman was walking by and he called out for help. The woman stopped, looked into the car and saw a well-dressed man lying across a roll of barbed wire.

The man claimed he was stuck and asked the woman to help him get free., the Sheriff’s Office said. The woman noticed that he was not actually stuck in the wire and became suspicious of his intentions. She told him she would go inside the store and get others to help him.

The man became upset that she was leaving and shut the door. A store employee went outside a couple minutes later and saw the man in the driver’s seat of the car. The man backed out of his parking space and drove away, the Sheriff’s Office said. A store surveillance camera captured video of the encounter.

The suspect is described as being Hispanic or Indian and in his mid 20s.

The woman called the Sheriff’s Office and filed a report saying she believes this man may have been trying to abduct her.

Anyone with information on the suspect — or anyone who has had similar experience should call the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111. You may reference case # 17-9366.

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