Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Investigating Abduction of 2 Women

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Investigating Abduction of 2 Women

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Byline: Diana Marrero, Times-Union staff writer

Two young women told Jacksonville police they were abducted at gunpoint Thursday night.

An 18-year-old told police she and a 17-year-old friend were forced into a black Ford Mustang amid accusations of theft and were taken to the field where they were held at gunpoint.

She said she managed to escape about midnight from the Eastside field on the 1400 block of Spearing Street when her captors became distracted. She fled through a wooded area and made it to a nearby home where she called police.

The friend later contacted police saying the three men let her go, said Lt. Rick Graham of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The 18-year-old told police that she and the friend had gone to one of the men's apartments earlier that night. There the man began asking her for sex, but she refused. Another man later entered the apartment, she said, struck the 17-year-old in the face and took a large black bag.

The resident became angry, accusing the women of setting him up, she said. He called another friend over and ordered the women to get into the Mustang. They picked up another man and drove to the vacant field.

Police are investigating.

CRIME NEWS

DEAD BODY FOUND IN CAR: A body was discovered wrapped in a white quilted blanket inside a car yesterday at a Jacksonville Super 8 Motel.

A passer-by noticed a stench about noon in the parking lot at 5929 Ramona Blvd. on the Westside and realized a body was inside, police said. It was the only car parked in the middle of the lot.

Authorities asked the hotel to provide a list of people who had stayed there recently. A cause of death and identity were not available yesterday.

KIDNAP SUSPECT ARRESTED: A New York woman was on her way home last night after FBI agents in Jacksonville arrested the man accused of abducting her Wednesday.

Agents staked out the Greyhound bus station in downtown Jacksonville after getting a tip that the man had traveled to Florida with the 25-year-old woman, said Bill Hurlburt, FBI spokesman.

The woman didn't have any severe injuries yesterday, said investigator Tim Munro of the New York State Police at Catskill. …

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