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School custodian attacked in school parking lot, grabbed by the neck, police say

COLONIE, NY (WRGB) “That’s really scary.”

Chasidy Whiting comes to Saddlewood Elementary to drop off her child for Pre-K.

“I’ve never heard of an incident like that here, especially in Colonie, it’s a very safe area.” Whiting said.

She's disturbed by what police say just happened in the school parking lot Wednesday night.

Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn says a school custodian, called 911 to report a man had tried to abduct her while she was getting in her car.

“The suspect grabbed her by the neck through area pushed her on her car',' Winn said.

Police say the woman fought back striking the man with her keys and pushing him off. They say she was then able to get in the car and lock the door.

“She doesn't know if she actually injured him, but she poked him in the abdomen and he ran away,” Winn said.

Police scoured the area and brought out their K-9 team, but no luck.

The victim says it happened just after 8pm, while an adult recreational event was happening at the school.

Superintendent Jonathan Buhner says the school does have some surveillance cameras.

“Where the alleged incident took place, the cameras didn’t help us,” Buhner said.

That's because right now, not all of the cameras are up.

Buhner says the district is in the process of placing a couple hundred cameras between its’ eight schools, to keep entire areas around schools monitored.

“We’ll move along adding some at Saddlewood quicker,” Buhner said.

The school is looking at ways to beef up security, as police focus on tracking down the person who shattered this mom's feeling of security.

“It makes you want to look behind your back and know what’s going on at all times,” Whiting said.

We're told the victim did suffer some scratches from the scuffle. Other than that, police say she's doing ok.

Her attacker is described as a white man about 30-years-old, 5'6, with a thin build, blonde hair and the victim says he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket.

The school district did send an email alert about what happened to parents Wednesday morning.

Police are asking anyone in the area of the school or Vly Road who may have seen the man last night to call them with information.

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