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Woman in Monday kidnapping sought help from a friend

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 12, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2010 at 12:13 a.m.


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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.

A woman involved in a Monday night kidnapping sought help from a friend after she escaped.

Police Capt. Kevin Sanderson said after the victim escaped she went to a store on John Stockbauer Drive to "get help from a friend."

Sometime after 10 p.m., the woman was taken against her will from the H-E-B Grocery store, 1505 E. Rio Grande St.

Although Sanderson would not confirm whether the woman was sexually assaulted, he did say that, "99 percent of the time, when someone is taken against their will, some type of assault occurs."

Assault can be verbal, physical or sexual.

The woman escaped with minor injuries, according to a police department news release.

It was not an immediate escape, said Sanderson.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, 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."

The incident remains under investigation.

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