SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Missouri State University issued a public safety alert today after a man attempted to abduct a woman early Wednesday morning. 

A woman was walking along East Walnut Street, headed to her apartment around 4 o'clock Wednesday morning when an unknown man attempted to grab her. She was able to escape and get help at the Kum and Go on the corner of Kimbrough Avenue and Elm Street, however, this incident has many in the area concerned, especially since the man was able to get away

The woman described her attacker as a white male with a reddish-brown beard, appearing to be in his early thirties. She said he was also wearing a dark blue hoodie and had on black leather gloves. Now

Nearby residents and people on the street said it's not unusual to have concerning things like this happen, especially near the downtown area. Yet it is still alarming and is making some residents think twice before taking to the street alone. 

"It honestly makes me really, really scared even to just walk in the daylight. I'm just walking to work and that scares me a little bit. I'm already a little skeptical being a young lady walking downtown alone, but I thought 'it's the daytime, I'm fine.' But hearing something like that makes me a little more scared," said Laura Frost, a nearby resident. 

Springfield police did respond to the incident and are currently investigating. In the meantime, they are telling residents to stay aware of their surroundings and to also be smart while walking down the street, especially if you're alone. If you have any information about this incident or happen to see the suspect, contact the Springfield police or 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.