A Georgetown University student was abducted from a residential street in Georgetown on Thursday afternoon, forced into a vehicle and driven to two stores and several bank machines in attempts to get money or merchandise, according to D.C. police.
The transactions were all denied and the abductor eventually drove off, leaving the victim behind, police said. The victim told police that he was driven around the District and into Maryland.
Georgetown University identified the victim as a student in a campus safety alert e-mailed to students Friday.
Police said the incident began about 3:20 p.m. when a man in a silver or gray SUV pulled up to the victim in the 3400 block of O Street NW, a cobblestone street lined with million-dollar rowhouses.
The victim told police the man asked him for money, and when he hesitated, the man grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into the vehicle. Police said the man drove to several ATMs and two stores in attempts to withdraw money or buy something. In each case, police said, the transactions did not go through.
The police report says the man and the victim were known to be in the 4500 and the 5400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue NW.
Police said they are looking for a white man in his late 30s to 40s standing 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build, dark hair, dark mustache and a beard. He was wearing a black suit, black shirt, gray necktie and black shoes. Police say no weapon was used in the incident.
The vehicle is described as a four-door light gray or silver sport utility vehicle or crossover. The make and model were unknown.
A surveillance video, released by police, shows the suspect and the vehicle.