National News

'I want you:' Woman escapes after being shoved into kidnapper's car

Posted April 29, 2018 6:51 p.m. EDT
Updated April 29, 2018 7:39 p.m. EDT

— A man attempted to kidnap two women in North Houston on Saturday and officials have released surveillance video of the incident in hopes that someone will recognize the suspect’s vehicle.

Luz Baena said she was injured when she jumped out of a speeding car driven by her kidnaper.

“My knees, everything painful, but thank you, God, I’m still alive,” she said. “I was thinking ‘he’s going to kill me.’”

The 55-year-old was riding her bike Saturday morning along North Bend Drive, but her routine was disturbed when a man driving a gray car came too close.

“He threw the bicycle and I said ‘What do you want from me’ and I panicked. I said, ‘What do you want? You can have the bicycle’ and he said ‘No, I want you,’” Baena said.

Baena said the man pushed her inside of his vehicle, but when she saw him driving toward a group of people, she knew she needed to escape.

“I said ‘I’m going to jump’ and he said ‘jump, jump’ and he pushed the gas, goes faster,” she said.

Deputies said that the man tried to abduct another woman along North Vista just before the incident.

Police said that woman was walking to a bus stop when a light-skinned man in a gray Camry tried to force her into his car. That woman put up a fight and managed to escape.

“We were going to the store when we saw a young lady run out in front of a garbage truck. She was screaming and hollering, ‘help me, help me, help me,’” witness Larry Whitfield said.

Officials said the assailant is described as a black man in his early 20s with a thin build, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, bald and clean-shaven. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and khaki pants.

His vehicle is described as a dark gray, four-door Camry with front right damage and varying rimes, according to investigators.