An Atlanta woman forced at gunpoint into the trunk of a car narrowly escaped her own kidnapping by jumping from a moving car, according to police.
Police say that the victim, a 20-year-old Georgia State student, unlatched the car's trunk from within the storage space while the alleged abductor fled the scene, WSBTV reported.
Authorities in Atlanta are now searching for a suspect who is also accused to attempting a second kidnapping less than a mile a way early Wednesday morning.
"We have a predator that's roaming the streets of Atlanta right now, and it's very serious to us,” police Sgt. Curtis Davenport told the television station.
The first incident reportedly began at approximately 2:00 a.m., when a masked gunman approached two women seated the porch of their Mayson Avenue home in Atlanta. The suspect allegedly grabbed one of the two women, forced her up the street and stuffed her into the trunk of his car, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The suspect drove off for approximately 10 minutes, at which point his victim forced her way from the trunk, rolled onto the street and ran from the car.
Approximately 30 minutes later, police say that the suspect struck again. This time, the alleged kidnapping victim, also a Georgia State student, was saved by an intervening neighbor who forced the suspect to abandon the crime.
Police describe the suspect as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a skinny body type and shoulder-length dreadlocks. His vehicle is believed to be a small dark sedan with damage around the hood.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the first victim escaped by unlatching an emergency switch.
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