Suffolk man identified as suspect in attempted abduction of UVA student

Published 12:23 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023

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UPDATED: John Robert Allen has been taken into custody
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – On Oct. 4th, 2023, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Charlottesville Police Department says they received a call in the area of the 800 block of Cabell Ave, where officials say,  multiple vehicles and trees were struck by a suspect’s vehicle.
“Officers responded to the area and located a female victim who reported that an unknown male attempted to abduct her,” a news release said. “The victim was treated for injuries at UVA Medical Center and is currently in stable condition.”
During the investigation, the Charlottesville Police Detectives identified 40-year-old James Robert Allen of Suffolk as a suspect in the incident.
“We do not believe that the victim and suspect knew each other prior to this incident,” the release says. “James Robert Allen is currently wanted on the following charges:
18.2-51.6- Strangulation or suffocation of another in violation of Virginia Criminal Code 18.2-47- Abduction in violation of Virginia Criminal Code. Allen has not been located at this time and is believed to be on foot in the area. Please call 911 immediately if he is seen and do not approach him.”
If you have any information related to the incident or the whereabouts of James Robert Allen, please call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Detective Raines at (434) 970-3266.

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