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Student grabbed at on Rock Island Trail during morning run

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The Peoria County Sheriff's Department urges people who use the trail to stay alert. The Peoria County Sheriff's Department urges people who use the trail to stay alert.
DUNLAP, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Joggers on the Rock Island trail are moving with a bit more caution after an attempted abduction.

"It could happen to me, because I'm on the trails. It could happen to someone that I know," said jogger Amanda Marruffo of Dunlap. 

Leo Hermes of Bloomington agreed. "There are some areas out on here where it is...you know, what makes it a nice trail to run on is also a certain amount of danger."

The Peoria County Sheriff's department says that an unnamed 17-year-old girl was jogging on the trail, near Dunlap High School, when she passed a man on the trail. When she doubled back and passed the man again, he allegedly tried to grab her.

The attack happened near mile marker three here on the Rock Island Trail. Thankfully, the student was able to escape - now, Police are asking for help not only to find the attacker, but to keep the trail safe.

The attacker is described as a white male in his 40's, wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

Sheriff Mike McCoy wants runners and people who live along the trail to be vigilant. 

"I would be a little bit concerned that this happened, but...y'know, people have to be alert, they have to watch their surroundings," he said. 

The Sheriff's Department is investigating several leads, but anyone with information is urged to contact them at 697-7823.

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