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Police ID Man Accused of Trying to Abduct Woman in Center City

The attempted abduction happened at nearly the same time as a rape nearby, but the incidents aren't related, police say

What to Know

  • Vaughn Omar Clark, 28, is accused of attacking a woman in Center City Sunday and trying to force her into his vehicle.
  • The woman managed to escape but Clark fled the scene, police said.
  • Police said Clark was driving a red Mitsubishi Galant with the Pennsylvania tag JTS-4065.

Police have identified a man accused of trying to abduct a woman in Center City early Sunday morning.

The woman was walking her dog on the 200 block of S. 13th Street around 6 a.m. when a man, identified by police as 28-year-old Vaughn Omar Clark, pulled up next to her in a red vehicle, investigators said. Clark then allegedly got out of the car, physically assaulted the woman and tried to get her into the vehicle.

The woman managed to escape while Clark fled northbound on 13th Street toward Walnut Street, police said.

Philadelphia Police

Clark stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 165 pounds, according to investigators. His vehicle is described as a Red Mitsubishi Galant with the Pennsylvania Tag JTS-4065 with no hub caps on any tires. Police also said there may be an Uber emblem on the passenger side front and back windshields as well as an object hanging from the rear view mirror and another object on the driver side front windshield.

If you have any information on Clark's whereabouts, please call the Special Victims Unit at 215-686-3251, or call 911.

Another incident occurred around the same time Sunday when a man sexually assaulted and robbed a 37-year-old woman in a parking lot on 1200 Latimer Street. He then fled in a car — originally believed to also be red, but that is no longer the case — with an unknown Pennsylvania tag southbound on 12th Street and westbound on Spruce Street.

The woman was taken to Jefferson University Hospital for treatment for minor injuries, police said.

Missing Attachment Police are searching for a man who raped and robbed a woman in Center City, Sunday morning. NBC10 speaks with a woman who works near where the sexual assault took place.

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The two incidents don't appear connected, Police Special Victims Capt. Mark Burgmann said Tuesday morning, calling the proximity a coincidence. He said the area is normally very safe.

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