SANFORD — Sanford police continue to investigate an apparent attempted abduction of an 18-year-old woman Friday night.

Police Chief Thomas Connolly said the woman, who lives in Sanford, was walking on Eastern Avenue near Brooks Street shortly before 9 p.m. Friday when a man attempted to force her into a maroon Kia Soul. The woman wrestled with the man before freeing herself, and the man then took off in his vehicle,  said Connolly.

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The woman received minor injuries and reported the incident to police as soon as she found a phone, Connolly said. She told police the man was between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Over the weekend, investigators developed several leads and identified a person of interest, Connolly said.

“I’m fairly confident we’re going to close this soon,” Connolly said. “This is a top-priority case. Whenever someone tries to snatch a woman off the street that’s very serious.”

Police are also looking for a witness to the alleged abduction attempt. Connolly said the man was walking his dog in the area at the time of the attack.