Portsmouth Police arrest suspect after attempted abduction

Posted at 2:17 PM, Oct 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-25 19:23:35-04

Portsmouth, Va. - Portsmouth Police have arrested a man who is wanted in connection with an early morning abduction attempt in the 100 block of Beacon Road.

Police say on Friday morning at approximately 9:21 a.m., detectives were notified of the incident which occurred earlier in the morning.

Detectives say a teenage female victim was walking down the street when she was approached by a man who asked her to go with him.

When the victim refused, the suspect grabbed her and tried to pull her with him.

The victim was able to get away, and ran to the bus stop at Elliott Avenue and Beacon Road, where other students were standing.

The victim went to school and notified the School Resource Officer of the incident.

Leslie T Gatling JrThe suspect was identified as 48-year-old Leslie Thomas Gatling, Jr. of the 100 block of Beacon Road.

He was taken into custody by Portsmouth Police around 2:35 p.m. Friday on outstanding warrants for abduction and assault and battery.