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Russellville police look for attempted abduction suspects

RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Russell police are searching for three men who pulled over in a car and tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl as she was walking to school.

Police Chief Chris Hargett said the attempt happened about 7:45 a.m. Thursday near the Russellville High School campus.

Hargett said the girl told authorities the driver got out and tried to force her into the car.

"She fought with them and while she was trying to pull away, the driver cut her (on the left forearm) with a knife," Hargett said. "She managed to pull free and run off, and the men drove away."

The teen, who ran back home, was taken to Russellville Hospital where she received 14 stitches to close the cut on her arm.

When the car approached the girl, she said the men in the car were speaking Spanish.

"But the victim also speaks Spanish, so she knew what they were talking about," Hargett said. "(The victim) said they were talking about having some type of sexual encounter with her."

The only description of the suspects was that they all appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s.

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