Columbia man abducted as he left Wal-Mart

The victim was not injured, but some cash was taken.


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A Columbia man was abducted Wednesday night as he was leaving the Wal-Mart on West Broadway.

A suspect approached the victim holding a handgun and forced the victim into his own car.

The suspect forced the victim to drive to the Westwind Drive area, which is in the west part of Columbia, police Sgt. Ken Hammond said.

When they reached this area, the suspect exited the vehicle. After the suspect exited the vehicle, the victim drove to the Petro Mart at Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70 to call police.

Officers couldn't find the suspect when they arrived on the scene, Hammond said.

The suspect is described as black male around 5-feet-10-inches tall and 180 pounds with a thin mustache and goatee. He is to be considered armed and dangerous, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Hammond said carjackings are uncommon in Columbia.

"We've had them in the past but they're very rare," he said.

Police still haven't found the suspect.

"We have a very vague description of the suspect," Hammond said. "The investigator in charge of the case will re-interview the victim and review possible surveillance tapes from the area."

The victim was not hurt during the carjacking, but the suspect took a small amount of cash.


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