Attempted kidnapping reported at White River State Park

INDIANAPOLIS - A crime alert was issued after an attempted kidnapping in a downtown parking lot Tuesday morning.

Indiana State Police said the incident happened at the White River State Park surface parking lot just before 11:30 a.m.

An unidentified male approached the female victim, battered her and tried to force her into a vehicle, police said.

Authorities said the suspect threatened he had a gun, but a weapon was never displayed.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis police issued the crime alert after they were notified of the incident and its close proximity to campus.

IUPUI police offered the following tips to stay safe:

  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Don’t be distracted with loud headphones
  • Walk with confidence and show that you are aware and in control with your body language
  • Trust your instincts

The incident remained under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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