Teen worker fights off attempted abduction as she leaves State Fair


A 17-year-old State Fair worker used Mace to fight off a terrifying abduction attempt by four men outside the fairgrounds on Thursday.

St. Paul police said on their Facebook page that the teenager had just finished working at a State Fair booth at around 8:45 p.m. when she was verbally harassed by a group of four men standing by a car parked near the intersection of Snelling and Arlington avenues.

WCCO reports one of them said she should come with them "to have a good time"; police say she ignored them and continued walking northbound on the east side of Snelling.

When she passed the car, one of the men grabbed her by the arm and neck and tried to force her into the car.

She sprayed the suspect in the face with Mace then ran away, with the other men fleeing in the car, which is described as a black, four-door sedan with black rims.

The men are described as black and in their early to mid-20s. The suspect who grabbed her was wearing a red and blue shirt with large stitches on it. He has short hair, a medium-build and is around 6-feet tall.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects should call police at 651-266-5650.

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