Man charged with kidnapping, attempted rape of Panhandle girl

Man charged with kidnapping, attempted rape of Panhandle girl

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Federal investigators have charged a man with kidnapping and trying to rape a 15-year-old girl from the Panhandle.

Court documents show Royce Lander targeted the victim at a gas station outside Amarillo, offering her a ride into the city. Instead, agents say he drove her into New Mexico, where they say he touched her inappropriately and tried to force himself on top of her.

She managed to escape and hitched a ride with a truck driver to Oklahoma. That's where police found her and she reported the attempted assault. 

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