Vinton police say an attempted abduction was reported around 4:50 a.m. Thursday.
Police describe the suspect as a white male between 30 and 40 years old, driving a dark colored pick-up truck.
The truck stopped beside the woman, who was walking on Vinyard Road on her way to work.
He opened the passenger door of his vehicle and grabbed her by the shoulder, and the woman tells police she believes he was trying to pull her into the truck.
She hit him in the face with her pocketbook and screamed.
The driver drove off toward the intersection of Hardy Road and Vinyard Road. The case remains under investigation.