Detectives seek identity of abduction suspect

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives are trying to identify and find the man who abducted and robbed a woman in Virginia Beach Sunday.

The victim told police she left Sunday’s Blue Box tanning salon in the Holland Plaza Shopping Center around 3:30 p.m. and walked to her vehicle parked on the side of the building. That’s when she said a man forced her into the passenger seat, then got into the driver’s seat and headed south on South Plaza Trail.

The man demanded she direct him to an ATM so she could withdraw cash to give to him. They arrived at the Navy Federal Credit Union in the 4000 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard around 4 p.m., where she took cash out.

Surveillance photos of the suspect provided by the Virginia Beach Police Department
Surveillance photos of the suspect provided by the Virginia Beach Police Department

Then the suspect got into the passenger seat of the car and demanded the victim drive at his direction for several hours. Eventually, they ended up in the Timberlake Shopping Center — which is close to Holland Plaza — and parked the car in the side parking lot. The suspect tied the victim with rope and left her in the vehicle.

James Cason with the Virginia Beach Police Department said the whole incident lasted until about 6 p.m., when the woman freed herself from the vehicle and called police. Employees of Sunday’s Blue Box tanning salon told the victim was 18-years-old.

Cason said investigators believe the suspect may have been in the Holland Plaza Shopping Center for some time before the incident.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30’s having the following attributes: 5’10”-5’11”, athletic build, black tennis shoes, gray athletic shorts, white V-neck t-shirt, tattoo on the upper left arm that contained stars, silver watch on his left wrist, left ear pierced with a yellow stone, bald, no facial hair.

Virginia Beach Police need help identifying the suspect. Detectives ask anyone with information about the crime or suspect to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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