Female student reports attempted abduction at community college in Cookeville


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An alert has been issued following a report of an attempted abduction on the Cookeville campus of Volunteer State Community College.

According to campus police, a female student reported that on Tuesday night between 8:50 p.m. and 9 p.m., she was approached by a man who followed her and asked her to go to a party.

When the student refused, she said the stranger attempted to grab her. He eventually ran into the woods near the third tier of the campus parking lot, she told police.

The student described the suspect as a balding white man in his 40s standing about 5-foot-10. She said he was wearing small-frame glasses and had stuttering speech and jittery hand movements. He also had on a green heavy coat, dark plain shirt and dark pants.

The campus police department is asking anyone with information to contact the Gallatin campus police at 615-230-3595.

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