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FORT WORTH Fort Worth police are concerned about the attempted kidnapping of a jogger near downtown.

A 28-year-old woman told investigators she had just come up from running along the Trinity River when a man with a gun tried to stop her.

The incident happened just before noon Sunday at 1401 West 5th Street, near 5th and Summit Avenue.

'It was a black handgun. She was grabbed,' said police Cpl. Tracey Knight. 'He said, 'Come with me or I'll shoot you.' Thank God she was able to call for help.'

Knight said passersby apparently caused the gunman to flee. He was last seen headed west on 5th Street.

Officers swarmed the area, using a helicopter to help with the search.

Knight said major case detectives have now interviewed the woman extensively. They hope she can help with a composite drawing of the suspect, who was described by police as a black male with a dark complexion; 25-30 years old; 5'-11' to 6'-0'; 150 to 160 lbs.; wearing a dark purple shirt and jeans; and armed with a black handgun.

'It was a brazen attempt during the day,' Knight said. 'There were other people walking around.'

Police point out that violent crime is rare in that part of Fort Worth.

If you have information pertaining to the suspect or you witnessed the attempted assault:

  • Call 911
  • Call Crime Stoppers at 817 469 TIPS (8477)
  • Call Fort Worth police Major Case at 817-392-4439
  • Or visit the Crime Stoppers website

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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