CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Police in southern Indiana are looking for a man accused of abducting a teenage girl on her way to the bus stop.
The girl reported that the incident happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday on High Meadow Road in Utica, Clark County Capt. Racheal Lee said.
The girl told detectives a man in a white panel van jumped out with a gun, forced her inside the vehicle and sexually assaulted her.
The girl later went home and told her guardian, who called police, Lee said.
Greater Clark County School District spokeswoman Erin Bojorquez said school administrators didn't learn about the incident until 12 p.m., about five hours after it reportedly happened. Administrators later sent an alert to parents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for the man.
Neighbors Curtis Wells and Ernie Jones said they had seen a white van on High Meadow Road over the weekend, and feared someone was had been planning the reported assault.
"Hysteria is not the answer," Wells said. "If you feel unsafe, go and walk your kids down to the bus stop. Know who belongs and who doesn't belong in the community."
Lee said the suspect is a white man in his 40s, with blonde-gray hair and a goatee. He was wearing blue pants and a blue shirt and the white van he was driving had an Indiana license plate featuring the U.S. flag.
If you have any information, call the Clark County Sheriff's Office at 812-283-4471.
Lee said parents should either take their child to the bus stop in the morning or have the child walk with a buddy, especially this time of year when it's dark in the mornings.
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