Glendale Woman Kidnapped, Forced to Withdraw Cash From ATM
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A Glendale woman was kidnapped by two women yesterday afternoon who "forced her to withdraw her bank savings and then burglarized her Pacific Avenue home," reports the Glendale News-Press.The victim was confronted midday near her home by one of the suspects, who forced her into a nearby vehicle. "The suspects drove the woman to the Bank of America on North Brand Boulevard and forced her to withdraw money from the ATM," say Glendale authorities. The suspects then noticed the woman had a large amount in savings, and made her go inside the bank and withdraw the full balance.
After the bank, the suspects drove the victim to her home, "where the two women stole some valuables and fled."
Glendale Police say this type of encounter is a "scam" that has been logged in the area, as well as in L.A. and Santa Monica in recent years. Typically the suspects prey on Latina women walking alone, and often intimate harm will come to her family if she doesn't comply.
The suspects are thought to be "Latino and in their early 30s. One of the women had curly, black hair. The second woman was described as heavyset and had a brown hair that was worn in a ponytail." They commissioned the crimes while driving "as a four-door, gray sedan, possibly a Toyota."