• UGA student attacked, almost kidnapped walking to car, officials say

    By: Lauren Pozen


    ATHENS, Ga. - There was a major scare near the University of Georgia Friday morning when a woman was almost kidnapped, officials said. 

    An alert went out to students detailing the encounter hours after the attack.

    The 22-year-old victim said she was walking to her car in the area of Thomas and Broad streets in downtown Athens around 1:30 a.m. when someone grabbed her by the waist. 

    According to the police report, the victim saw a dark-colored vehicle with an open door and a driver nearby, and believed her assailant was going to drag her toward it.


    The incident left many students nervous.

    “It’s pretty scary. It's right where everyone lives. All the students are out at night," student Alex Waugh said.

    “(The alert) detailed everything that had happened. It was kind of scary to read it,” student Christiana Parker said.

    In the alert, school officials said the victim was able to break free, although she suffered scratches from the attack.

    UGA police are investigating, but the alert sent to students had no description of the assailant and his accomplice or the vehicle they were in.

    Students said this is a good reminder to not walk alone at night. 

    "At 2 a.m., there might be some shady characters out in Athens, and really anywhere you are at 2 a.m. it's not a great idea to be out by yourself," Waugh said.

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