Deputies have released a sketch of a suspect in an attempted abduction in Saginaw County.
The sheriff’s department reports that on Thursday, Jan. 3 at around 9:20 p.m., deputies were called to the 12000 block of Baumgartner Road in Swan Creek Township for reports of an attempted abduction of a 21-year-old woman.
The woman, who is from the St. Charles area, said she stopped to help a man and small child that were with what appeared to be a broken down vehicle, with the hood up, along the road.
The victim told investigators she went back to her vehicle to look for a flashlight or tools, according to Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel.
Investigators said the victim began feeling uncomfortable while going back to her vehicle for the items.
She then said the man followed her to the car, grabbed her by the chin and arm, trying to pull her from her vehicle.
"He assaulted her," Federspiel said. "What his intentions were after that I don't know. But it wasn't going to be anything good."
The victim said the man told her “you’re coming with me”. The victim said she was able to break free after a struggle and ran to a nearby home for help.
"She was thrashing her hands and her arms because he turned her chin and grabbed her by the arm," Federspiel said. "And when she started to thrash is when she was able to break away and run."
Investigators said the victim ran so fast she ran out of her shoes, and arrived at the home barefoot.
The man is in his 50s or 60s, and the vehicle was a smaller, blue, 4-door car with rust around the wheels.
The male child was around 5-or-6-years old, according to the woman.
Michigan State Police helped create a sketch of the man, and Federspiel said they may have a suspect in mind.
Federspiel said that person of interest has had run-ins with the law before.
He'll be part of a photo lineup that will be presented to the victim.
"We've got a possibility," Federspiel said. "A possibility is better than nothing. Let's put that possibility into this photo lineup and then we'll find out if she picks that person I'm going to be pretty confident that we're gonna be going to pick somebody up."
At this time no one is in custody yet.
For his part, Federspiel would like to see the person behind this to turn himself in.
"Don't make me come get you," Federspiel said. "Just come on down. We'll work things out."
But, if you know anything, call the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office.
He also said if you come across a broken down vehicle, to call 911 so people know where you are, if you choose to try and render help.
Authorities say this incident serves as a reminder that it's OK to help someone if they're stranded on the road, but there are a few things you need to remember to stay safe.
"Make sure you call us first," Federspiel said.
Sometimes things go wrong even with the best intentions in mind.
Federspiel said this is a situation that can be avoided.
"If you've got a phone with you it's probably a good idea to call 911 and say hey there's a car in the middle of the road," Federspiel said. "And they'll ask is there a license plate on there and it'll be recorded. And dispatcher may say you know what if they don't look like they're injured or anything why don't you just stay in your car."
Federspiel is quick to point out our community is full of residents who want to do the right thing, but sometimes doing the right thing can put you in danger.
"People want to do good things and want to be good Samaritans and I understand that and appreciate that, but you must also take into account the world we live in," Federspiel said.
If you're the type that wants to help no matter what at least call 911 first, Federspiel said.
So if a crime occurs authorities will have a solid lead on a suspect.
"You can sit there if you want, that's fine," Federspiel said. "Lock your doors. Be safe and let us know. Stay on the phone with a dispatcher. Her safety is paramount. And again somebody stuck on the side of the road with a small child we want to help them too. I would've loved to have known that she had called and maybe we would've been able to catch up with him."