Bloomington woman attacked after driver offers early morning ride

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An 18-year-old Bloomington woman thought she’d found a ride home—but ended up getting attacked instead.

Bloomington police said the woman was walking in the area of Sixth and Dunn streets around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. A man approached her in a white SUV and asked if she needed a ride, adding that she shouldn’t be out alone.

The woman agreed, getting into the vehicle. When the driver reached Indiana Avenue, the woman said he grabbed her neck and tried to force her head onto his lap. The woman told police she hit the dash or steering wheel, cutting her mouth. She got out of the SUV when the man stopped.

The woman eventually called a friend for a ride home, police said.

The woman described a man between the ages of 24 and 30 with a stocky build and blond hair.

She didn’t report the crime until Monday after friends convinced her to tell police what happened.