Police investigate Saturday kidnapping

March 17, 2009 1:52:45 PM PDT
San Rafael police are continuing to investigate the kidnapping of a San Rafael woman who was held captive for more than three hours Saturday afternoon.

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Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said the incident began at 1:30 p.m. when the 31-year-old woman stopped at the intersection of Hetherton and Second streets in San Rafael.

The suspect approached the woman's 2005 Dodge minivan from a platform of the San Rafael Transit Center and entered her car from the unlocked passenger door, police said.

The suspect demanded to be driven to San Francisco, and held the woman captive for more than three hours before taking $60 from her jacket and fleeing on foot in the area of 14th and Bryant streets in San Francisco, according to police.

Rohrbacher said no weapons were used but that the suspect frightened and threatened the woman and forced her to drive around for three hours. She was not harmed and she drove back to San Rafael, arriving around 5 p.m., Rohrbacher said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 50s who was wearing a dark green, crew neck sweatshirt, blue jeans, dirty white socks and clean white tennis shoes, police said. He has short brown hair with patches of gray, and a two-day beard growth.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call San Rafael police at (415) 485-3000, or Crime Stoppers at (415) 472-2746. Spanish-speaking callers may call Crime Stoppers at (415) 497-9945.

Callers may remain anonymous and can earn a reward if information they provide leads to the arrest of the suspect, police said.

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