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Police Search For Clues In Apparent Parking Lot Kidnapping

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A man was grabbed outside a Smithfield store and thrown in the trunk of a car Thursday night. Now, state and local authorities are trying to figure out what they're dealing with.

Two witnesses told police they saw three men kidnap another man from the Wal-Mart parking lot late Thursday evening. Investigators said video from a parking lot surveillance camera appears to confirm that story.

"It shows a car pulling up right up to where the victim was standing," said Smithfield Police Lt. Keith Powell. "Then you see the victim take off running. You see two people jump out, give chase, actually pick him up, toting him back, the car backing up, trunk coming open."

Witnesses said the men threw the victim into the trunk and drove away. They said the car was a light-gold older model four-door sedan. They described the suspects as Hispanic or light-skinned black males, wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts.

Witnesses said the victim appeared to be a white or Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. Investigators still don't know who the victim is. Police say the store parking lot was crowded at the time, but only two witnesses came forward.

"We've got all the information and we're treating it as possible abduction until we can prove otherwise," said Powell.

If anyone has any information about the incident please call Smithfield police at




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