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Man arrested Monday after attempted kidnapping in Bloomington

The Bloomington Police Department arrested a 51-year-old man Monday after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a 30-year-old woman in the 1200 block of S. Liberty Drive around 10 a.m. Monday.

Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo sent the following press release to the media Tuesday afternoon:

“On May 31st, 2021 at approximately 10:21 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of S Liberty Drive in reference to an attempted abduction that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a 30 year-old female victim who reported that just prior to calling 911, she had been walking southbound on Liberty Drive when she felt her backpack being pulled from behind. She advised officers that she turned around and an unknown man grabbed her backpack and began pulling her. She reported that she began struggling with the man which caused her backpack to fall off. The victim reported that the man then grabbed her in what she described as a “bear hug” and began pulling her towards his vehicle. She was eventually able to get out of the man’s grasp and began yelling for help. 

A witness driving by saw the struggle and stopped to check on the victim. At that point, the suspect got into his vehicle and sped off southbound on Liberty Drive. Another witness who had seen the two struggling observed the suspect speeding off and began to follow the suspect and called 911 to report what he had seen and where the truck was heading. As the truck reached southbound State Road 37, the witness lost sight of it but was able to provide a partial license plate number to Central Emergency Dispatch. 

Investigators were able to identify a suspect from information that had been provided by witnesses. The suspect was identified as Dennis Taylor, Jr. (51, Bloomington). At approximately 6:44 p.m., officers observed Taylor driving in the 1100 block of N Crescent Road. The vehicle being operated by Taylor matched the description of the vehicle used in the attempted abduction. Taylor was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Bloomington Police Department for an interview with investigators. 

After the interview was completed, Dennis Taylor, Jr. was transported to the Monroe County Jail. He has preliminarily been charged with Attempted Kidnapping (using a vehicle), level 5 felony, Criminal Confinement, level 6 felony, and Intimidation, level 6 felony.

No mugshot for Taylor was available at time of this email.

As a reminder: Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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