Abduction attempt near Forsyth remains under investigation

2012-01-27T20:30:00Z 2012-04-08T20:32:43Z Abduction attempt near Forsyth remains under investigationBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Despite a lack of new information, the Rosebud County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a report of an attempted abduction earlier this month that ended when a woman pulled a gun on the would-be abductor.

Undersheriff Arlan Thingvold said the case, which was reported on Jan. 12, remains open but that no new leads have surfaced recently.

A woman told the sheriff's office that she had pulled over along the Frontage Road east of Forsyth when a man approached her car, told her she had to come with him and pulled out a fish fillet knife.

He then made a reference to what the woman believed was the search for missing Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold in nearby Richland County, Thingvold said.

She then told the man to wait while she got her cigarettes and pulled out a gun and he left in a faded red 1980s Chevrolet van with dark tinted windows without saying anything.

Thingvold said the incident happened between 2 and 3 p.m. and that the woman reported it shortly before 7 p.m. that day. He said Friday her husband had to convince her to report it because she didn't want to take away from the search efforts for Arnold.

She described the man as 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds with longish red curly hair and a full beard, Thingvold said. The man had green and blue tattoos on his forearms, including an outline of an eagle in blue ink with USA underneath.

Authorities in Billings County, N.D., picked up a suspect on unrelated charges who matched that description and had passed through the Forsyth area at the time but Thingvold said the woman told authorities it wasn't him when shown photos of the man.

"We'll definitely still keep an eye for something like that," Thingvold said. "It's still an open case but we just can't pull over every van we see."



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