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Man escapes abduction attempt

Victim was pulled into van with four occupants early Thursday morning.
Thunder Bay Police Service

THUNDER BAY -- City police say a 29-year-old man was narrowly able to escape after being pulled inside a van.

In a news release, the Thunder Bay Police Service said the intended victim was walking in the area of Arthur and James streets just after 5 a.m. on Thursday when he was approached by a vehicle and pulled inside.

Police said the man was able to free himself from the occupants of the vehicle and escape.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black van. Police said the vehicle was reported to have four occupants -- two black men and two white men.

The victim flagged down a passerby, who helped him get to safety. That passerby, who police want to speak to, was driving a white van.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the identity of the people in the suspect vehicle is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.