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Riverdale man abducted, forced to withdraw cash from ATM: police

The woman watched from her Riverdale home, police said, as two men forced her husband into his own minivan Tuesday night and drove away. As detectives and officers came to investigate the crime, the men apparently drove to an ATM on Kenilworth Avenue, forcing their abduction victim to withdraw money.

Then they came back to the scene of their crime.

It was an unexpected break in a case that could have ended in tragedy. The men tried to speed away but crashed their victim’s minivan, so they got out and fled on foot, said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. One of them fired at least one shot at pursuing officers, he said, but police eventually took one of the suspects into custody and recovered a gun. They are still searching for the other man, Rodriguez said.

The incident started about 10:30 p.m., when the woman called police to report the abduction in the 5200 block of 59th Avenue in Riverdale, Rodriguez said. He said the woman apparently saw two men force her husband into his own minivan at gunpoint, and officers immediately began searching for the man and his vehicle.

The suspects took the man to an ATM on Kenilworth Avenue and made him withdraw money, Rodriguez said. A short time later, though, the minivan came back to the woman’s Riverdale home — with the two suspects still inside, Rodriguez said. That is when the crash and foot chase ensued, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that at some point, the victim was able to escape his captors unharmed. He said no one was struck when the suspects fired a shot during the foot chase.

Rodriguez declined to identify the captured suspect because he said it could jeopardize detectives’ pursuit of the man still at large.

This Post has been updated.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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