Teen Accused of Attempted Abduction After Pulling Child Out Window

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AMES, Iowa - Police in Ames are investigating an attempted abduction after family members said a man pulled a child out of a basement window early Friday morning.

At about 12:50 a.m. Friday, Ames Police responded to a report of an attempted child abduction in the 100 block of McDonald Drive. Family members told police that a black male entered the house while they were sleeping. The suspect pulled the child out of a basement window and struck the child in the face. A family member heard the commotion and chased the suspect to the front yard and retrieved the child as the suspect fled on foot.

Officers later located the suspect in the 4300 block of Lincoln Swing. The suspect, Akuk Akok, 17, of Ames, was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. He was later transported to another medical facility for further mental health evaluation.

The child sustained minor injuries during the attempted abduction and was treated and released from the hospital.

Investigators filed an arrest warrant for Akok for Burglary 1st Degree, a class B Felony. Akok will be charged as an adult since the charge is a forcible felony. Akok will be taken into custody when he is released from the medical facility.

The investigation is ongoing.