Walmart employee kidnapped outside Gateway Road store

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 10, 2013 

Two suspects are still at large after allegedly kidnapping a 19-year-old Walmart employee outside the Gateway Road store Monday night, according to a Columbus Police report.

Police were flagged down by the teen near midnight Tuesday in the parking lot of the 6475 Gateway Road store. She told police that two men threatened her with a pistol, demanding her blue 2006 Ford Escape at about 11:15 p.m.

She also reported that the men kidnapped her, which under Georgia Code can be committed by anyone who "steals away another person without lawful authority or warrant and holds such other person against his or her will." Since the code states that "slight movement shall be sufficient," the victim could have only been transported a short distance against her will for the charge to apply.

The details surrounding the victim's alleged kidnapping were not given.

Two suspects are sought in connection with the crime. The first was described as a 20 to 25-year-old, slim black man. He was estimated to be 5-foot-5 and was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and baseball cap.

The second suspect matched the first's physical description, except for height. He was described as a 6-foot man last seen wearing dark clothing.

Police described the stolen vehicle as having a Columbus State University sticker and a pink and white "Georgia Girl" sticker on the back window.

Anyone with additional information about this incident should call Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

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