Woman fights off attempted daylight kidnapping on street near South Bay Center mall

A man in a white vehicle pulled up to a woman on Southampton Street Thursday afternoon and attempted to abduct her, asking if she needed a ride before grabbing her and attempting to pull her into his vehicle, police said.

At about 1:30 p.m., Boston police responded to MBTA Transit Police headquarters at 240 Southampton St. The female victim, who had run to the headquarters after escaping the clutches of the attempted abductor, told police that a light-skinned, clean-shaven male with a white T-shirt pulled up to her at the intersection of Southampton and Atkinson streets, between Boston Medical Center and the South Bay Center mall.

The suspect, who pulled up to the woman in a white vehicle, possibly a van, with a missing passenger seat, asked if she needed a ride, to which she replied no, police said.

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The suspect then insisted she get into his car and lunged at her, the victim told police. He then grabbed on to her head and neck, and attempted to pull her in, before she struggled and threw a cup of soda into the suspect’s face. The suspect then picked up a handful of dirt from inside his car and threw it in the victim’s face. She then escaped and ran to Transit Police headquarters, roughly four blocks away.

The victim did not sustain any injuries, police said.

The investigation into the attempted abduction is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Boston police detectives at 617-343-4742.