Woman Kidnapped At Gunpoint, Forced To Withdraw Cash


Police are still searching for a group of men who kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and forced her to withdraw money from her bank account.

It happened Sunday at about 4 a.m. at the Residences at Bexley Woods apartment complex, located off Petzinger Road, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

Resident Dorothy Moore was inside her apartment when she heard screaming.

"It wasn't a scream, like a playful scream," she said.  "It was a 'come and help me' scream. You could tell this woman was scared."

Moore said she looked out her window and saw three young men chasing her neighbor as she walked from her SUV to her apartment door.

"She was trying to make it to her car (but) before she could her leg back over the car, they had her," Moore said.  "One of the guys had a gun and they forced her back up in the car.  She was begging for her life. She was like, 'Please don't hurt me.  Please, please, please.'"

The men then fled with the woman in her SUV, driving her to at least four banks where they ordered her to withdraw cash, McEntyre reported.

The victim said the men eventually left her behind a store near the corner of Livingston and Fairwood avenues in East Columbus.  She was not injured during the ordeal, but her husband, who asked not to be identified, demanded justice.

"They pointed a gun to her head and told her, 'Don't move or we'll kill you,'" he said.

"She said it was terrifying," he said.  "All she could think about was the kids and me."

The husband said the group of men implied they were from Cincinnati.

"They asked her if she knew her way home from Cincinnati," the husband said.  "She told them no, so they told her they were going to let her off."

Police said the men were last seen driving the woman's vehicle, a white 2003 Ford Escape with Ohio license plate number EAT-6599.

Anyone with information about the kidnapping or vehicle was asked to call police.

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