'This guy picked the wrong girl' East Nashville runner recounts attempted abduction

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 10:56:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A runner said a man tried to abduct her in broad daylight in East Nashville.

Autumn Ryan had just started walking after a 45 minute run Sunday around 10:30 a.m. when a driver pulled up on the curb near Petway Avenue. “Going northbound on McFerrin and he rolled the window down and just said ‘Get in the f-ing car.'"

Then, she said he threatened to force her inside his vehicle.

“This guy picked the wrong girl to mess with and he did," Ryan said. "My adrenaline kicked in and I bowed up, and I started to scream at the top of my lungs at him, and profanities.”

When she pulled out her phone to record, Autumn said he took off.

“In the moment my adrenaline was rushing. Yesterday in my quiet time in the morning with coffee I will say that I did get a little bit upset like now because I’ve got two kids and this could have happened to them,” Ryan said.

Ryan said she’s now carrying mace and they're exercising in groups.

The suspect was last seen leaving the area in a charcoal Nissan Sentra. “A number of women have seen this same guy in our neighborhood,” Ryan said.

Neighbors and police are now on the lookout for the vehicle which had a Tennessee plate and temporary tags. Autumn hopes by sharing her story she can encourage others to be brave and fight back.

“This guy picked the wrong girl because I’m not timid," Ryan said.

No one has been arrested. The get-away vehicle had a temporary tag and she memorized it as D950480.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male around 30 years old, about 5-foot 6-inches tall, 130 pounds, with a goatee and scruffy facial hair. The victim said he was wearing a plaid shirt and ball cap at the time of the incident.