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Woman Dragged From Highland Park Donut Shop In Suspected Kidnapping [UPDATED]
A woman was captured on surveillance buying coffee from a Highland Park donut shop, being dragged out of the shop by a man and then forced into an SUV early in the morning. Police are still looking for more information, but they suspect it's a kidnapping.
The incident in question happened at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 20 at Christy's Doughnuts, which is at the 5600 block of York Boulevard, according to ABC 7. The video shows the woman who is visibly distressed being dropped off by a man in a silver SUV. She buys a coffee and sits a few moments with it before walking outside. The SUV returns seconds later, and the woman runs back inside.
The man in the SUV follows her inside, throws her to the ground and then drags her outside, according to NBC Los Angeles. The pair argued before the man forced the woman back into the SUV. Someone at the shop called police about the scary scene, but the SUV had fled by the time police arrived.
Police say they're not sure what happened, but they would like to check on the woman's well-being. Detective Jeana Franco of the LAPD's Northeast Station told ABC 7, "We don't know if it was a boyfriend, a husband, a friend, we're not sure."
The woman is described as being between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 130 pounds. She has a Hibiscus flower tattoo on her left shoulder and long dark hair. Police say the case wasn't publicized earlier because there was trouble accessing security footage.
UPDATE 1/13: The woman in question has been located, and police say she's not a kidnapping victim. Police are calling what happened a "domestic incident" and say that the woman is in good condition now. (We hope that her being in good condition means that she's getting help from domestic violence experts, because kidnapping or not, that "incident" sounds scary.)