People living in San Tan Valley concerned over attempted abduction of woman

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- As the search continues for a man accused of the attempted abduction of a 26-year-old woman in a part of San Tan Valley, people in the area worried that he could strike again.

According to statements released by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened during the morning hours, 10:00 a.m on Thursday, in the Johnson Ranch area of San Tan Valley. The woman told investigators she noticed someone in a car following her, as she was jogging near Maravilla Drive and Indigo Sky Boulevard.

As the driver was following the woman, officials say he allegedly made inappropriate comments and noises at the woman, and when she got to an intersection, the man opened the car's door, grabbed the woman by the arm, and tried to pull her into the car. The woman was able to get away, but the driver continued to follow, telling her to get into the truck. The driver took off when he realized the victim was calling 911.

As the investigation continues, some women in the neighborhood say they no longer feel safe walking alone.

"Got some pepper spray and something else with me for protection," said one person.

Some parents are now picking up their kids.

"Having my son at the bus stop, keep a very tight leash on him, where he's at," said one mother. "I don't like him walking home. Make sure I drop them off, pick him up, make sure I'm here because I get worried about stuff like that."

Anyone with information should call the Pinal County Sheriff's Office at (520) 866-5111.