UPDATE: Carjacking a 3-hour ordeal for Richmond woman

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This attack happened at 12:30 Tuesday morning at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Westover Hills. The woman is safe tonight, but is now terrified for her life.

She was abducted and forced to drive all night at gunpoint. The victim did not want to go on camera, but she wanted to share her story with Richmond, hoping to prevent this from happening again.

The victim said she had just parked her car, opened her door and taken a step when she heard someone say 'What time is it?' She turned around and there was a man with a gun. He told her to get back inside or he would kill her.

And that was just the beginning. He assailant climbed in the back seat and put a gun to her head. He forced her drive all over south Richmond for three hours, the gun constantly on her. At first they stopped at ATM's, but when she had no money he forced her to call friends on her cell phone and ask them to meet her with $50 in cash at gas stations.

"It was brought to the attention of a police unit in that area from a cab driver that it seemed liked this woman was in trouble," said Richmond Police Lt. John O'Kleasky.

But police never caught up to them. He finally let her out of the car somewhere on Midlothian. He took her keys and her identification. He said 'If you tell anyone I'll kill you and come after your family'. Then he stole her vehicle.

Police call this carjacking unusual and traumatic. They're stepping up enforcement and tracking leads.

"We'd certainly like to get out hands on this individual before it happens again," said O'Kleasky.

The victim says she saw crimes like this on TV, but never thought it could happen to her. She and police want you to take care late at night.

"Now certainly somebody can try to sneak up on you but try to walk in well lit areas. Try to travel as a group. Do everything you can to, kind of, protect yourself. And just be smart about what's going on," O'Kleasky said.

The victim's car is still missing tonight. Be on the lookout for a white, 1994 Acura Vigor abandoned in your neighborhood. The first three letters of the license plate are k-f-c. If you see it call Crime Stoppers is 780-1000.

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