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Donahue Teen Escapes Abduction Attempt

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The Scott County Sheriff's Office responded to an attempted abduction of a 15-year old in Donahue. The teen's mother says her son did the right thing to save his own life. Now, she hopes his survival story will encourage other parents in the community to teach their children basic self defense.

"Horrible," Heather Gress said. "You think it can't happen to you."

Gress and her son, Hunter, spent the day at the ballpark, reflecting on what happened in the small town shortly after 9 PM.

"He's pretty shaken up," she said. "All through last night, it was very hard for him to go to sleep."

Between 275th Street and 115th Avenue, about an eighth of a mile from home, Hunter noticed a silver Ford commercial van with no rear windows approaching him from the opposite direction.

"The one time he rides his bike home by himself, it happens," Gress said. "A gentleman got out of the vehicle, grabbed Hunter's right arm, pulled him off of the bike."

The man then tried to shove the teen into the van, but Hunter punched him in the nose and stomach, causing the man to let go, and Hunter to run home.

"You couldn't do anything but wrap your arms around him," Gress said.

She says a similar close call happened in Donahue just last year when, a man apparently also driving a van attempted to abduct a teenage boy who was also biking.

"A couple weeks later, you heard about some school-aged kids walking to school in Rock Island or the Davenport area, and somebody in a gray van did the same thing," she said.

After that, she made sure her kids would know what to do should it happen to them.

"My other half, Sean, he started talking to the kids about self defense, and started showing them self defense moves," Gress said. "With that knowledge, Hunter took it on and went from there."

She says she hopes other parents will do the same, and that Hunter will also pass along the message.

"Bring it out to somebody else and say, 'I can do it and so can you,'" she said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s wearing sunglasses, a black cap, blue shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office.


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