Woman kidnapped; Child duct taped
Woman forced to drive to check-cashing store, open safe for robbers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A mother was kidnapped Saturday, taken from her 3-year-old daughter, and forced to drive to the payday loan office where she worked, where men robbed the place, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
JSO Director Tom Hackney said the victim was in her Argyle Forest apartment about 7:45 a.m. when two, possibly three men entered the unit and threatened to kill her if she did not comply
That woman was taken from the home and forced to drive to Ace Cash Express on McDuff Avenue, where she works. The men robbed the business of cash, checks and debit cards. Hackney said the woman was then duct taped inside the business. She was able to call 911 once the men left.
Police said the victim's 3-year-old daughter was found duct taped in their unit at the the apartment complex. The girl taken to a local hospital to be checked out and that it appears that she was unhurt.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, police had not released a detailed description of the suspects or the car they took off in. The business is located in a shopping plaza, next to a Metro PCS store and a Subway, so police are looking into whether there was surveillance video in the area.
Due to the unusual nature of this crime, police are looking into whether or not this could be connected to gang activity. Police say it does not appear that the crime was an "inside job" and they do not believe the female victim was involved in any way.
Police also say they believe the robbery and kidnapping was carefully planned. The female victim told police that the suspects told her they had been watching her for some time.
"We're looking right now into what connections this may have," Hackney said. "We're looking to see if there's some kind of gang connection to this, which we don't know."
Investigators believe the suspects could have spoken to someone in the community about the crime, so they are asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a $3,000 reward for information leading up to an arrest.
While police told News4Jax details about this kidnapping and robbery, they mentioned that another financial institution in the city was robbed.
Investigators said the TD Bank in Mandarin on Old St. Augustine Road was robbed Saturday morning by a single male. JSO has not released many details about the robbery. Police are not sure if the robbery at ACE and the robbery at the TD Bank are connected.
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