Alex Armando Cardenas Flores, 33, allegedly approached a woman walking in the area of Henderson Lawn at about 2:15 a.m. on Friday, police said. The victim, who is not a student at the school, said Flores allegedly tried dragging her into a pickup truck, but she got away.
Shortly afterwards, the university released the description of the suspect and the truck to the media and an alert Blacksburg resident noticed a car matching the description. Police said they searched the car and found additional information leading to Flores’s arrest. The suspect is allegedly a contractor at one of the university’s construction sites.
"This is another great case of community and police cooperation," said Virginia Tech Deputy Police Chief Kevin L. Foust. "Virginia Tech Police is extremely grateful for the assistance provided by the local media in getting the word out, and the continued vigilance of the citizens of this community."
Flores is being held without bond on one count of abduction. Virginia Tech police urge everyone to always be aware of their surroundings.