JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are investigating the possibility of an abduction Thursday night in the Arlington area after a witness reported seeing a woman try to get out of a car at an intersection, and a man yank her back in by her hair.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office asked for help Friday to gather more information about the incident, which was reported at the intersection of Lee and Monument roads.
Police said a female, possibly as young as 15 years old, may have been abducted in the Arlington area late Thursday night. They were dispatched to Monument and Lee roads when someone called to report they saw a woman trying to escape a car at the intersection.
According to the witness, a blue Honda sedan driving north on Lee road toward Monument Road passed on the double yellow lines and went around her. She said when the vehicle stopped at the intersection, a woman got out of the front passenger door and tried to leave.
As the woman was trying to get out of the car, the driver pulled her back in by her hair, causing her to lose one of her Nike slides in the intersection, police said. The woman was screaming, “No... no!” according to the witness.
The woman tried a second time to get out of the car but was pulled back in by her waist and the vehicle made a left, heading south on Monument Road and speeding away.
JSO described the women as a Hispanic female, aged between 15-20, with long black hair and wearing a white dress with a print on it.
The vehicle was a blue, newer model, Honda four-door sedan. All efforts to locate the car and the potential victim have been unsuccessful. Surveillance video in the area did not have an angle that showed the incident.
JSO said Friday afternoon that they have no missing persons reports that might be related to the incident.
Ashley Henry works at the gas station nearby and said it's scary to hear about what happened.
"I walk up and down Lee Road all the time. Of course it's scary; I don't usually walk by myself," Henry said.
Due to the reported circumstances, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the two people involved to make sure the potential victim is safe. Anyone with information on this possible abduction is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.