Elderly woman hijacked on way to church, forced to ride in trunk

Police are looking for the suspects who forced an elderly woman to ride in the trunk of her own car in late January after she was kidnapped on her way to church, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.

The woman was hijacked from her home at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday on Jan. 27. She was on her way to church when a man approached her with a gun, saying he was homeless and wanted her money. She was forced to drive the car around for a while before being told to ride in the trunk of the car. The car later stopped to pick up another man.

The suspects continually asked her for her money and bank card, even though the woman said she had none. Several times they threatened to kill her.

Later, when the vehicle stopped, the woman found the trunk release and was helped out by another person nearby.

The location of the hijacking was not mentioned in the press release.

One of the suspects was described as a black man in his 20s, about 5-foot-7-inches in height with a slim build and face. He was wearing a knit cap, an athletic outfit with matching colors and what the release describes as green and yellow "fancy gloves" during the incident.

The other suspect was not described.

Those with information can call the Valley Area Crime Stoppers at 706 653 3188.