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Man says gut instinct told him to stop, check on teenager

Richmond police said two men approached a girl walking along Route 91. (WJAR)

RICHMOND, R.I. (WJAR) — Call it fatherly instincts or just a gut feeling making a stranger stop.

"I think it was just being a good judge of character and being a good judge of body language because I could tell the girl was in distress, and she had her dog with her and I could tell the dog was in distress," Mike Vigue said.

Richmond police said a 16-year-old girl was walking on Route 91 near Meadow Pond at about 4 p.m. Thursday, when she was approached by two men.

"I took a left onto Route 91," Vigue said. "I noticed a girl on the right-hand side of the road and some gentlemen in a black SUV on the left-hand side of the road."

Vigue said he saw a dark-skinned man with a shaved head in the driver seat and a man with lighter-colored skin and long hair out of the SUV who appeared to be talking to the girl across the street.

"The fellow that was out of the vehicle -- he seemed like he wanted to cross and get to her," Vigue said.

Vigue stopped, turned around, and while coming back the men in the SUV turned before driving away in the opposite direction.

Vigue recalled the conversation: "I said to her, 'Is everything OK? Do you know these guys?' She said, 'No, I don't know them.' So, I said, 'What were they doing?' She said, 'They were trying to get me in their car.' I said, 'You call the police immediately and then you call your parents.'"

"The most important thing, really, was the girl went home to her parents that night," Vigue said. "God knows what could've happened."

Richmond police said the man outside of the SUV was wearing a blue varsity-style Cowboys jacket.

Police said they're following up on leads, and they couldn't say if a crime was committed. But they commended a stranger who stopped when something didn't look right.

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