UPDATED 09/30/11 9:07 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A teenage girl’s screams apparently were her best defense after being kidnapped on her way to school this week in the Northwest Side’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, police say the 16-year-old girl was abducted as she walked to Notre Dame High School for Girls, 3115 N. Mason Ave.

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The girl had been walking west on Belmont Avenue near Central Avenue after getting off a CTA bus around 8:05 a.m. Thursday. A man she did not know who was driving a burgundy-colored car stopped it and tried to engage her in conversation, according to Jefferson Park District police Capt. Edward Lenti.

The man somehow forced her into the back seat of the car and locked the doors. But the girl began yelling and screaming, and trying to get out of the car.

After the girl was locked in the car for nearly an hour, the man finally let her out at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station.

She called police from 4859 N. Milwaukee Ave. at about 8:50 a.m., said Lenti. She was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center for treatment of a head and hand injury she may have suffered while trying to get out of the car.

The suspect remained at large as of Friday morning. He is described as a white man about 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, said Lenti. The car was only described as a burgundy four-door.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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