Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping

Authorities say the woman jumped out of a moving car to escape

Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:42 AM EDT
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Suspect Sought in Attempted Kidnapping

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Police say a woman leaped out of a moving car on the highway to escape a suspect who allegedly tried to kidnap her in Manhattan.

Authorities are searching for the suspect, who kept driving after the woman jumped out of the vehicle on I-95. Police say the victim was waiting to be picked up by a friend of a friend near Dyckman Avenue and Broadway in Inwood Saturday night when a car pulled up next to her. Thinking the driver was the friend sent to pick her up, the victim got into the vehicle, police said.

The victim quickly realized she had gotten into the wrong car and tried to get out, but the suspect would not let her leave, police said. The suspect took the woman's cell phone and wallet and kept driving on I-95 toward Westchester.

As the car approched Exit 16, the victim jumped out of the moving vehicle onto the highway. She was bruised badly, but was not seriously injured, police said.

Police are looking for any potential witnesses to the initial abduction attempt. point or anyone who saw the vehicle on the highway. The suspect was driving a white BMW SUV with tinted windows, police said. He's described as being a well-dressed man in his 30s with a goatee. He's about 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Anyone with information is contact the State Police at (800) 635-8856 or (914) 769-2600. All calls will be kept confidential.

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