De Pere Community Still on High Alert Three Weeks After Attempted Abduction

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Three weeks after the attempted abduction of a woman near the St. Norbert College campus, the area is still abuzz with worry over the close call.

“I look around me, I’m aware of my surroundings,” Ariana Orozco of De Pere said. “It definitely made me more cautious of where I was walking and if I was walking with anybody else. It made me more nervous for my friends or more concerned about them walking alone.”

Alec Grimmer works at Luna Cafe in De Pere, and he says that some of his coworkers have been noticeably uneasy since the scare.

“My female coworkers have definitely had a shift in their perspective, they’re worried, they’ll talk to me about just having to walk home at night or walk from the parking lot to their dorm room,” he told Local 5.

Police released a sketch of the suspect in the case Thursday, along with a detailed description of what the victim recalls of the September 14th attack.

The attack occurred on the 800 block of Third Street at around 3 a.m.

Orozco said she hopes that if the sketch leads to an arrest, more information will be discovered.

“I would hope that if they did catch him, they would find more information, [like] if he’s linked to other things going on throughout the state,” she said.

De Pere Community Resource Officer Jedd Bradley told Local 5 that police believe the attempted abduction was an isolated incident, but added that taking extra caution while traveling on foot is always a good idea.

“Be talking to somebody on the phone when you walk, especially late at night,” he said. “Ue the buddy system. Absolutely use the buddy system. Walk in groups, tell people where you’re going, [and] where you’re coming from.”

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