Tonight, Phoenix Police are trying to solve an unusual crime. They tell us a young woman was briefly kidnapped and robbed before being released Saturday afternoon. Detectives say the victim was waiting at a bus stop when three men forced her into their car. Police hope the community can help identify the suspects.
Police are calling the crime a kidnapping and strong-armed robbery. It happened around 9am this morning near 43rd Avenue and West McDowell Road.
The 22-year-old victim told police she was at a bus stop there when the three unidentified men shoved her into a car.
They took her things, drove with her for a few blocks and then forced her out of the car at 33rd Avenue and McDowell. Police are not saying what the men stole.
The victim called police right away and was later treated for minor injuries.
At this time, police do not have a good suspect or vehicle description.
This afternoon we spoke to several people who were waiting at the bus stop where the incident occurred and they told us they were stunned to hear what happened.
“It scares me, but it’s not something I haven’t heard of, says Christarra Shackelford. “It could happen in any neighborhood really. I really just watch out. If I see anything suspicious, [I] take [my] headphones out...just be aware at all times.”
Investigators are asking the public to call Phoenix Police right away if they may have seen something unusual around the time the crime occurred. You can also call Silent Witness at 480-witness.