February 12, 2007
A 24-year-old Albemarle County woman was pumping gas and as she and her child were pulling away a man jumped in the passenger side seat and demanded she head for the interstate.
A young woman and her child were at the mercy of an unknown man.
"He abducted her, he took her, he forced her to drive him and they were headed down towards the interstate" said John Teixeira, Albemarle Police Department.
As she followed his orders her child in the back seat woke up and startled the suspect. He then demanded that the victim turn around and head back to the gas station. Once there he robbed her, taking her cash and all she had.
"We don't get a lot of abductions in Albemarle County and we take this very seriously" said Teixeira.
To help find the suspect, police have taken surveillance video from the gas station, hoping it will give them some details of who responsible for the crime.
"We have a computer forensic specialist who looks at the video and we try to break it down frame by frame. Then we look at particular things that we're looking for that will provide identification of the suspect" said Teixeira
The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid to late 20's about 6 feet tall with a thin build close to 160 pounds. He is described as having a scruffy red or brown beard and wearing glasses.
As police look for this man they're also seeing more calls to Pantops Mountain.
"Crime usually goes where there's more people and vehicular traffic" said Teixeira.
Meaning that as the area grows so will the crime.
"There's a lot of expansion up there. You have more restaurants and more shopping centers and that type of stuff" said Teixeira.
Police say the suspect was driving a brown Chevrolet Capri. One that looks like a police vehicle, with tinted windows and chrome wheels.
If you have any information you are asked to call crime stoppers at 977-4000.
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