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Police seek man accused in abduction

March 27, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police were looking for a man who kidnapped a woman at gunpoint Tuesday near Chambersburg, Pa., and drove her into West Virginia, where she escaped after he demanded she pull over so he could use the bathroom, according to police.

The kidnapping happened Tuesday afternoon somewhere near Chambersburg, West Virginia State Trooper John Droppleman said. The woman said she did not know the man who kidnapped her.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers who are handling the case could not be reached for comment.

After the woman was abducted, they drove into Virginia and were heading back north when, at the Tabler Station Road exit of Interstate 81, the gunman told the woman to pull over so he could use the bathroom, Droppleman said.

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He got partially out of her car, giving the woman an opportunity to speed off. She stopped six miles later at the Dry Run Road exit, Droppleman said.

Police took her minivan back to the Tabler Station Road exit , where a K-9 picked up but lost a scent, police said.

Droppleman said the woman suffered some physical injuries, but was not shot. He did not know whether she was taken to the hospital.

A lieutenant with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department worked with the victim to put together a composite sketch of the man, said Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster. Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith estimated that the victim was in her late 20s or early 30s.

Police described the woman's abductor as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He has sandy brown hair and was wearing a gray sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off, black gloves with the knuckles missing and black pants, police said.

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