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Sylacauga Police on alert after report of person jumping out of van and grabbing man near S. Davis Ave.


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Sunday night, Sylacauga Police responded to a call after a man in white van with no license plate reportedly jumped out of the van and grabbed a person near S. Davis Ave. in Sylacauga.

Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson told his department received a call call at 7:30 p.m. Sunday from a female on the 200th block of S. Davis Ave. Johnson said a 19-year-old man, who was walking around to get service on his phone, was approached by a white utility van when someone jumped out of the van and grabbed him.

“The victim did not say they tried to drag him into the van to abduct him,” said Johnson. “We have no clue what the intent was, and nothing was found in the area. We do not know if they were trying to take him.”

Johnson said the 19-year-old male said he hit the person and he fled from the area.

According to social media, the van has been seen in other areas such as Drew Court, but Johnson said the police have spoken to no eye witnesses that have actually seen the van in other places in the city.

“We have not had anyone tell us they have seen the van anywhere else,” he said. “Everyone we have talked to has said they have heard the van has been seen, but not seen it themselves.”

“We also have increased patrol over the weekends, and the vehicle has not been seen by anyone around Drew Court, including us, or other areas but S. Davis Ave,” explained Johnson.

Johnson ensured his police are keeping their eyes open for any suspicious vehicle that fits the description.

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