A woman escaped an assailant early this morning who attempted to kidnap her in the Walmart Parking lot.
The Minot Police report that at about 12:18 this morning a woman got into
her vehicle and an unknown man entered her vehicle in the back, placed his hand over her mouth and held a sharp object to the back of her neck.
The woman was able to get away and ran back into the store and called for help.
The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties or thirties, approximately 5-foot-8 to 5-10 with a slender build with facial hair around his mouth.
The suspects vehicle is believed to be a mid to late '80's model chevy S-10 extended cab pick-up that is maroon in color and either very dirty on the bottom or possibly gray on the bottom.
The pick-up also has a toolbox in the back.
Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski says with the demographic change that is taking place across the region, it's important for people to be aware of their surroundings at all times and have a safety plan in place.
(Steve Kukowski, Ward County Sheriff) "The biggest thing to do right off the bat is if you think you're being threatened is to make a lot of noise and draw attention to yourself and someone will come to your aid. If someone was to scream in a parking lot it's going to draw everyone's attention."
Kukowksi says there is safety in numbers as well.
If you happen to see someone parked next to your vehicle that's suspicious, he says there's nothing wrong with going back into the store and asking for a security official to escort you out.