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Police investigating abduction, escape

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 11, 2010 at 12:11 a.m.


TIPS TO STAY SAFE

Always lock the doors on your vehicle

If you are walking during the daytime or nighttime, be aware of your surroundings

Stay in well-lit areas.

Try to stay in a populated areas. Do not let your abductor take you to a desolate location.

Generally, do what the abductor says and try not to upset him or her.

At night, take a look outside a window before you exit outside.

Information courtesy of VPD

The Victoria Police Department is investigating an attempted kidnapping that occurred Monday night.

Sometime after 10 p.m., an adult victim was taken against his or her will at a business parking lot on Rio Grande Street.

Police would not give the gender of the victim.

The incident has made shoppers concerned for their safety.

Mother of three, Kristina Sevier, said she was unaware of the incident, but makes her reconsider shopping at night.

"I usually do shop at night, but I won't be anymore," said Sevier.

The 27-year-old fears the abductor was fearless.

"If they're willing to take you in a very public place, then where are you safe," Sevier asked.

Victoria police also would not confirm if the victim was sexually assaulted.

The victim escaped with only minor injuries, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.

It was not an immediate escape, said Police Capt. Kevin Sanderson.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20's, about 5-foot, 10-inches tall, with a medium build. He wore baggy clothing, according to the news release.

Sanderson said this incident does not appear to be related to the recent kidnapping attempts involving children. Instead, he said, this incident seems to be a "crime of opportunity."

Other shoppers are also concerned.

"I want my kids to be safe," said David Sledge, who worries about his 16-year-old daughter going to the store alone.

Hilda Avila, 52, believes people may have witnessed the abduction, but may fear for their own safety.

"People sometimes see something, but don't speak up for fear of retaliation," Avila said in Spanish, as she loaded her groceries in her car.

The incident is still under investigation.

Sanderson said no other details are being released at this time.

Residents are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and use caution around people who are unknown to them.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Victoria Police Department at 361-573-3221 or Crime Stoppers 361-572-4200.

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