Ann Arbor police are searching for a man who attempted to abduct two female joggers in separate incidents Sunday night.
Ann Arbor Police Lieutenant Michael Logghe said police believe the events, which occurred about an hour apart on Packard Street near Independence Boulevard, are related.
The first victim, a 20-year-old University student, was pulled into the bushes around 8:30 p.m. as she ran past the suspect’s van, Logghe said. She broke free and ran away as the man tried to pull her back into the bushes.
At about 9:40 p.m., the attacker drove alongside a 16-year-old female, pulled her into his van and punched her several times, Logghe said. As he started to drive away, she opened the side door and jumped from the moving van.
The second victim was treated and released from University Hospital for minor injures. The first victim sustained minor injuries but refused treatment.
Though police believe the same person committed both crimes, the suspect is described as wearing different clothes during the two attacks. In the first report, the attacker is described as wearing no shirt and blue shorts with an orange band at the top. In the second, he is described as wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and jeans.
Both women provided similar physical descriptions of the man: a white male about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 35 to 45 years old, with a medium build, facial stubble, graying dark hair and crooked teeth.
Police said the suspect’s van is dark-colored with a bench seat behind the driver’s seat and might be a Chrysler model.
Logghe said joggers should use caution, even when it isn’t dark.
“Jog in pairs, don’t jog by yourself — especially at night,” he said. “If you’re going to, don’t use earphones or things of that nature, so that you can be aware of your surroundings.”
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call the Ann Arbor Police tip line at 734-996-3199.