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Sunday, January 11, 2015

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LAPD Concerned for the Safety of Kidnap Victim NR15011SF

January 12, 2015

This morning, the victim was found in good condition.

Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify and verify the safety of a woman who was kidnapped.

On the early morning hours of December 20, 2014, officers from Northeast Division responded to a "Kidnap Just Occurred" radio call in the 5600 block of York Boulevard. When they arrived, they were told that a female got out of a gray or silver colored sport utility vehicle (SUV), then walked into the business. The victim ordered a coffee then sat down to send what appeared to be text messages or e-mails from her phone.

At 5:55 a.m., the woman left the business with her black coat and purse and walked toward Avenue 56. Approximately 46 seconds later, the same SUV that dropped her off earlier, pulled alongside her and abruptly stopped. The woman immediately ran back into the business. The driver of the SUV followed her into the business, threw her to the ground and dragged the victim outside. The suspect and victim argued for approximately two minutes then the suspect forced the victim into the passenger side of the SUV. After the assault and kidnapping, officers searched the area, but were not able to locate her, the suspect or the SUV.

The victim is described as a female Hispanic between 20 to 30-years-old, who stands approximately 5'4" tall and weighs an estimated 130 pounds. She has a long brown or black hair and a tattoo of what appears to be a Hibiscus Flower on her left shoulder.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic between 25 to 30-years-old, who stands approximately 5'10" to 6'1" tall.

Concerned for the victim's well-being, detectives from LAPD's Northeast Division are urging the public to view the photographs of the victim and provide any information about her identity and welfare.

Anyone with information about this assault and kidnapping is asked to call Detective Jeana Franco, Northeast Division at (323) 344-5731. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.