Photo by John Schreiber
Photo by John Schreiber

Police on Sunday sought to verify the safety of a woman who was the victim of an apparent assault and kidnap last month in Highland Park.

Officers called to the 5600 block of York Boulevard early on Dec. 20 learned that the woman had gotten out of a gray or silver SUV, walked into a business, ordered a coffee and then sat down to send what appeared to be text messages or emails from her phone, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“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,” according to a police statement.

The woman ran back into the business, but the man driving the SUV got out, followed her in, threw her to the ground and dragged her outside, where the two argued for about two minutes, police said.

The man then forced the woman into the passenger side of the SUV, according to the LAPD.

Officers searched the area but found no sign of the SUV, the woman or the man.

The woman was described as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 130 pounds. She had long brown or black hair and a tattoo of what appeared to be an Hibiscus flower on her left shoulder.

The man was described as Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old and about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact Detective Jeana Franco of the LAPD’s Northeast Station at (323) 344-5731. After-hours calls can be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— City News Service

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