CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Police Department has released a photo of a suspect after a report of a 15-year-old girl being nearly abducted on her walk to school Tuesday morning.
According to the police report, the teen left her home around 8 a.m. and was walking by the intersection of East 81st Street and Euclid Avenue toward John Hay High School -- near the Cleveland Clinic campus.
However, as she passed a man on the sidewalk, he grabbed her by the neck and attempted to drag her toward a nearby field.
"When he got behind me he put his arm around my neck and pulled he back," said 15-year-old Amirah Wilson.
She reportedly screamed, kicked the suspect in the groin and ran back to her home, where her mother found her in tears.
A woman witnessed the disturbing encounter from her window, and could tell something was wrong.
The suspect was wearing a black zip-up hoodie, blue jeans, brown boots and was reportedly talking to himself.
The man was last seen fleeing up East 81 Street toward Euclid Avenue.
Return to Cleveland 19 for updates on this developing story.