Police search for gunman who kidnapped and released 0) woman

Police are investigating the abduction Thursday morning of a Columbia woman, who was surprised by a gunman hiding in the back seat of her car.

The woman, 47, told police she got into her unlocked car at about 5:30 a.m. outside her home, in the 9900 block of Guilford Road in Kings Contrivance. The gunman then appeared from the back seat and ordered her to drive south on Interstate 95 and to a residential neighborhood, possibly in Montgomery County. Once there, the man tried to grab a ring the woman was wearing, but she fought him. She told police that the man banged her head against the steering wheel several times, knocking her unconscious. When she awoke, still wearing the ring, the man had fled. The woman then drove home, contacting police at about 8:45 a.m.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, and with a thin build. He has blue-green eyes and dirty blond hair styled in a crew cut, police said. He was wearing a blue jacket.


* Long Reach: 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Someone entered a 1990 Ford Escort between 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m Friday, and stole a $20 black purse, a $25 women's brown leather wallet, a driver's license and a charge card.

6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Someone entered a 1989 Volkswagen Fox between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday, and stole several items, including a $70 black leather purse, a $50 women's black leather wallet, a $100 Sony Walkman radio, two hand weights valued at $20, and a $16 pair of pearl earrings.

6000 block of Major's Lane: Someone smashed a window on a 1990 Eagle Talon Friday or Saturday, and stole a $100 Cobra radar detector.

6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Someone stole a $50 purse, which contained an ATM card, between Feb. 27 and Saturday.

8700 block of Cloudleap Court: Someone shattered the driver's window on a 1990 Chevrolet Beretta about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Long Reach Village Center.

* Owen Brown: 7100 block of Cradle Rock Way: Someone damaged a Coke machine, a water fountain and a telephone, setting off an alarm about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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