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CMU police investigating attempted abduction at gunpoint outside Student Activity Center

Central Michigan University police is investigating an attempted abduction at gunpoint Wednesday night outside the Student Activity Center.

According to an alert sent out to the campus community at approximately 12:20 a.m. Thursday, a female was approached at gunpoint at approximately 9:30 p.m. by a male suspect in the parking lot of the SAC, a popular workout facility connected to the CMU Events Center off Broomfield Road.

The alleged suspect, described as a white male between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds with short blonde hair, then kidnapped the victim and her vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Escape with Michigan registration “CNN9599.”

The victim eventually escaped from the suspect, but he took off south in the her vehicle. It was last seen at Old Mission and Blanchard roads, about four miles south of CMU’s campus. She is safe and assisting police in the investigation.

CMU police chief Bill Yeagley said the victim is likely a CMU student, but could not provide any further details when reached by phone early Thursday morning.

CMU police is working with the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information is asked to call 989-774-3081 or 989-773-1000.

University Editor Catey Traylor contributed to this report.

Keep checking for more on this developing story.


  1. So glad she managed to escape. Wow…

  2. I think they mean the perp is likely a CMU student

  3. Glad I got out of that piece.

  4. why does the headline say “attempted abduction”? she was abducted, no thanks to the “no gun” policy.

  5. My prayers are out to the victim and their family. This is my campus, I
    started our SCC chapter here. I tried to make a difference for students
    to be in charge of their own safety here on campus. I feel like failed
    you, and for that, I am sorry. I can say, however, that I will be
    working harder for you – to ensure the safety you deserve. Gov. Snyder
    WILL be getting phone calls.
    Matt Tuzas
    Students for Concealed Carry

  6. Yes, because people would carry their guns to the SAC to work out….seriously? Even if someone else did have a gun, there’s no telling if this guy would have just held the gun up to her head and killed her right then. She is so lucky that she was able to escape when she did. My prayers go out to her and her family.

    • she could have had pepper spray and maybe got far enough away to run back to the SAC. regardless, just because it may not have changed the result of this incident it may change others in which the attacker only has a knife or physical attack or whatever.

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