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Athlete at Tempe track meet foils would-be abductor

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© The attacker hid behind a car in this parking lot before trying to snatch a 22-year-old student warming up for a track meet. (Source: CBS 5 News) © The attacker hid behind a car in this parking lot before trying to snatch a 22-year-old student warming up for a track meet. (Source: CBS 5 News)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Word of an attempted abduction in a busy parking near Rio Salado and Packard Drive on the campus of Arizona State University caught students off guard on Wednesday. 

"I had no idea it had happened," said freshman Lauren Smith. 

"I'm really upset.  I go running through here almost every day," said freshman Lindsey Derensis. 

It happened about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Lot 59 near the north entrance of Sun Devil Stadium. 

According to ASU police, the attacker hid behind a car before trying to snatch a 22-year-old student warming up for a track meet.  The woman fought back and got away. 

"I would always assume that it would happen later or earlier, but in the middle of the afternoon, that's really crazy," said junior Jolene Birdsong.

Birdsong walks about a mile and a half to class but says she parks near the stadium because it's a lot cheaper than some of the other lots on campus. 

"I would like to park closer because obviously it's safer. But all those parking spaces are like $600 to $700 and that's not really doable," said Birdsong. 

Other students told CBS 5 they wished the university would have done more to alert them. 

"I think there should be fliers posted around campus just to let girls know and people in general that this is going on," said Smith. 

"Things like this don't really concern me. But if I was a female it would be helpful," said Michael Nguyen. 

Police said the suspect appeared to be a white man in his 30s.  He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and tan skin.    

People with any information about the incident are asked to call the ASU Police Department at 480-965-7747.

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