Columbus police are currently hunting for a suspect wanted in connection with this morning's kidnapping and carjacking.
The victim in this case, a 34-year-old woman, told investigators she was slowing down at a stop sign at the intersection of 26th Street and 3rd Avenue about 10 a.m. when a man opened the front passenger door of her SUV and threatened her with a small knife.
The suspect forced the woman to drive and directed her north on River Road. Approximately 1/4 of a mile north of Double Churches Road the victim managed to escape her vehicle and her captor. The suspect meanwhile took off running into the woods, police said.
Aside from scrapes on the victim’s arms from running through the bushes, she was not injured during the kidnapping.
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When officers arrived on the scene, located about 1/10 of a mile north of McQuinn’s Stop & Shop on River Road about 10:30 a.m., they observed the woman’s 2003 Red Dodge Durango parked facing north off the roadway with the engine running and the driver and passenger doors open. The suspect was no where to be found.
For most of the day and evening today, police could be seen canvassing the area around where the SUV was abandoned. As of sundown, no arrests had been made.
Authorities are searching for a black man between 20 and 30 years of age who is of medium build and has no facial hair. He was wearing a black, puffy jacket and blue jeans at the time of the kidnapping.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to called Columbus police at 706-653-3400.