Police give details on attempted abduction near Grounds
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- James Allen has been arrested on suspicion of an attempted abduction on Grounds Wednesday night.
A female UVA student was walking in the area of Cabell Avenue and Grady Avenue when police say the 40-year-old Allen, of Suffolk, attempted to strangle and kidnap her.
Police say the victim was in Allen’s car, but she fought her way free, with the struggle leading to a crash.
“She’s a very strong woman,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis.
After a night on the run, police arrested Allen in Louisa County at 12:11 p.m. on Thursday in a group effort from local and federal police.
Kochis says this shows how police cooperation saves lives.
“This is a safe community,” he said. “And that they should know that if something like this happens, we’re going to bring every resource to bear that’s available to us to make sure we can take violent individuals like this off the street.”
The woman was taken to UVA Hospital, where she is in stable condition.
UVA Police Chief Tim Longo has been through this type of situation before. He was the police chief in Charlottesville when both Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham were abducted.
“I know the resilience of our students. I’ve been in this spot before to talk about that,” he said. “They go through the worst of things that people can never imagine. They get up and they dust themselves off and they move on. And they continue to have hope and faith and all those things and make their world when they expect it to be and I think I hope and pray the same for this.”