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University of Utah police looking for attempted kidnappers

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The search is on Wednesday for someone who tried to kidnap a student at the University of Utah. It's the second time in a month a female student was assaulted on campus. Police need your help to find the latest offender.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – The search is on Wednesday for someone who tried to kidnap a student at the University of Utah. It's the second time in a month a female student was assaulted on campus. Police need your help to find the latest offender.

Police don't believe the latest crime is related to the assault a month ago, but they want students to be on the lookout.

The attempted kidnapping at the University of Utah is putting some students a bit on edge.

"It makes me a little nervous," said Tessa Wilson, English/Psychology student.

"It's really terrifying," said Breanna Kirkbride, Political Science student.

"It's kind of nervous to hear about it, especially with the last incident that happened," said Lynn Vu, Biology student.

Campus police said late Tuesday night two people tried to kidnap a female student in the parking lot outside the Sage Point dorms off Fort Douglas Boulevard. The student thought she recognized a car that had just pulled into the lot and she walked up to the car door.

"At that point the passenger side door that she approached opened and the male inside grabbed her," said Sgt. Garth Smith, University of Utah Police.

Police said other people walking by scared the kidnappers, they let her go and they drove away.

It's the second time in a month that someone in a car has approached a female student walking around campus and tried to assault them. Several weeks ago a girl was raped, that's why police are asking female students to be on alert.

"Don't approach cars you don't know," said Smith.

Police said students should also….

-Walk in groups
-Be aware of what's going on around them
-If something looks suspicious call police
-If they’re in trouble call 911

"If you don't have a cell phone, you can push emergency buttons, like this one, scattered throughout campus, once you push it, a blue light flashes and it connects you to 911,” said Reporter Brian Carlson.

And, if you're too nervous to walk somewhere alone, police also have a campus escort service.

"If they call our dispatch anytime day or night, we'll walk with you, building to building, building to car, car to building. So an officer will come, someone in a uniform will come get you where you need to be," said Smith.

As for what happened on campus, police still need help looking for the attempted kidnappers.

Police said one of them is a white male with short blond hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue collared shirt. He was one of two people inside what looked like a white 4-door, older model, Toyota Camry. If you recognize that person or the car, call University police at 801-585-2677.

That number is also the same one you'd call to get a campus police escort.

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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv

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