Man charged with attempted abduction for trying to snatch Richmond teen

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Richmond police have arrested a 50-year-old man accused of trying to abduct a teenage girl last week.

Ronald A. Peterson (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Ronald A. Peterson (SOURCE: Richmond police)

Richmond police detectives arrested Ronald A. Peterson, of the 900 block of Derrymore Road, without incident and charged him with attempted abduction.

Officials said the girl was walking in the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, when a two-door red car drove past her a few times.

The teen told police that she was then suddenly grabbed from behind by a man wearing a three-piece, dark gray suit with a pin-striped gray hat.

The suspect told her to get into his vehicle, but the girl was able to get away from him and run to safety.

Sgt. Angela Smith told CBS 6 News last week that the victim did everything right in this case, by first paying attention to her surroundings.

“In this type of situations, I would suggest that teenagers walk in groups or walk with someone. If they have cellular phones make sure they have them on, so if anything happens, they’re able to call 911,” Smith said.

If you have information that could help police, call Major Crimes Detective Mary Gary at 804-646-6759, Detective Sgt. Angela Smith at 804-646-3922 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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