URBANA — Police have arrested an Urbana man in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl Thursday afternoon.
According to Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin, police were called to the Urbana Free Library at 5:04 p.m. Thursday. There a 17-year-old Urbana girl said she had been talking with a man at the library and eventually agreed to leave with the man.
After the girl sat in the front passenger seat of the man's gray Ford sedan, Seraphin said, she decided she no longer wanted to leave with the man.
As the girl began to get out of the car, the man, who was in the driver's seat, grabbed her by the arm and told her she was "not going anywhere," according to a police report.
The girl was able to pull away and ran into the library, where a staff member called police.
She had minor injuries to her arm, according to the report.
After police looked at surveillance footage from the library, they identified the man as Randy Marcel Cook, 47, who listed an address in the 900 block of Harvey Street, Urbana. Police arrested Cook for attempted kidnapping and aggravated battery at 1:49 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Harvey Street.
Seraphin said a gray Ford sedan was later seized from the driveway of Cook's home.
People with information about this incident are asked to call Urbana police at 217-384-2320 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-TIPS.