Police investigate possible abduction in Northwest Jacksonville
JSO: Surveillance captures young man held at gunpoint, getting into orange car
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are asking the public for help in identifying a young man who was possibly abducted in Northwest Jacksonville late Wednesday evening, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
Witnesses told police that a man a black man in his 20s was seemingly abducted from a Sunoco convenience store on Kings Road near Spires Avenue.
Investigators said the victim was seen on surveillance video sitting on a curb when an orange Dodge Charger approached.
The car stopped, a black male with a gun got out and walked over to the victim, striking him in the head, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The victim was then seen getting into the car as the man continued to hold the gun in a "threatening manner" before getting back into the vehicle, which drove off on Kings Road, police said.
The vehicle believed to be involved in this incident was later located a few blocks away in the parking lot of a Shell gas station, investigators said, but they are trying to identify the victim to find out if he is safe and learn if an actual abduction occurred.
"He may not have family here. He may be transient, somebody who just moved to Jacksonville for a short period of time, so we don't know, said Gil Smith, News4Jax crime and safety analyst.
Smith said the Charger will likely be a key part of the investigation.
"Now that they have the car, they can process it for any physical evidence that was there -- hair fibers, skin that was scratched on the upholstery, anything that could indicate who may have been in the car, not just the victim, but the suspect," Smith said.
Often times when cars are abandoned like that, they could have been stolen, Smith said.
"If the car was stolen, people don't keep stolen cars for a long period of time. They do the crime and get rid of the car and try to pick up another car," Smith said. "They can check the registration to see who it's registered to."
Anyone who has any information about the incident or the identity of the victim is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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