VIDEO: Possible abduction in Washington Heights

Cops are looking for information about the couple seen here; they believe the woman in the white coat may have been abducted. (Courtesy of the NYPD.)
Cops are looking for information about the couple seen here; they believe the woman in the white coat may have been abducted. (Courtesy of the NYPD.)

An abduction was reported in Washington Heights Friday evening a little before 7 p.m.

Police say they received notice that a woman may have been abducted at West 173rd Street between West 174th Street and Haven Avenue.

A group of children playing in a nearby playground reportedly saw two men force a screaming woman into a minivan at gunpoint.

Two other witnesses reported seeing both a woman and a man being forced into a black minivan by three men, one armed with a black gun, cops said.

Police provided surveillance video from the scene that shows who they believe may be the victim, walking down the street with a man. The victim is wearing a long white coat and black shoes, and appears to be carrying two black bags.

Shortly after the woman and man are out of the frame of the video, two men run after them. The alleged abduction reportedly occurred just out of frame. A dark-colored minivan, possibly a Chrysler or Honda, can be seen making a U-turn at that location.

The minivan drove off southbound on Haven Avenue from West 173rd Street. It turned left onto West 172nd Street and proceeded eastward, cops said.

Police said investigators were able to use other surveillance video to track the van as far as Fort Washington Avenue, where they saw it headed northbound.

Police are requesting that anyone with information about the victims or suspects call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Local

Tsarnaev defense lawyers in court Wednesday, seek family…

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court Wednesday to ask a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant's family.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

The Word

Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton fight over a…

Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, both members of famous families and natives of the reality boom of the early aughts, should be great friends. And yet.

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.