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Wilson High student charged with abducting teacher in Adams Morgan

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By Martin Weil and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, April 19, 2010; 10:34 PM

A teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in the District was abducted over the weekend by a Wilson student and forced to withdraw money from her bank account, sources said.

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In a startling incident with little if any precedent in the Washington area, the teacher, who had been forced into her own car, eventually managed to escape from the student and a second abductor.

A juvenile was later taken into custody. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the incident appeared to be a chance encounter; the teacher was not targeted, the source said.

The teacher suffered minor injuries. Neither the teacher nor the student was identified by name.

Asked in an e-mail about the incident, D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee declined comment and directed inquiries to theD.C. police department, as did Wilson's principal.

The abduction occurred early Saturday in the Adams-Morgan area of Northwest Washington, and the woman escaped about an hour later in the Wheaton area of Montgomery County, according to accounts provided by police in the two jurisidictions, who declined to give the victim's occupation.

However, police in both jurisdictions provided a detailed account of the alleged abduction. A D.C. police spokeswoman said a woman was abducted about 3:45 a.m. Saturday from near Columbia and Quarry roads NW, in the Adams-Morgan area. The woman apparently holds a part-time job in that area,

The woman was forced into her own vehicle and, according to police spokeswoman Gwen Crump, was taken to Montgomery County.

There, Crump said Monday, "other crimes occurred which are being investigated" by the county police. She said she could not give the woman's age or disclose where she lives.

Montgomery County police released a statement Monday describing an incident that they said began when a 30-year-old woman was approached early Saturday by two people in the Adams Morgan area.

"They forced her into her vehicle and told her to drive to an area bank," the county police said.

The woman, according to county police, "withdrew an undisclosed amount of money."


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