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Search continues for suspect in Charlotte attempted abductions

(Dedrick Russell | WBTV) (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

More than 30 hours after police received reports from two women who said a man pointed a gun at them and ordered them into his car, officers are still trying to identify and find the suspect. Meanwhile, police say they've increased patrols in the Steele Creek area.

"Anytime you have someone who is accosted in that manner, that’s not something that’s normal," said Captain Cecil Brisbon of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. "It’s not something that people expect to happen to them when they go out for a day of exercise and I think that’s why the community is alarmed."

The case started just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said a man driving a car on Moss Road pointed a gun at a 31-year-old woman who was out for a run and told her to get in his car. She didn't.

About 45 minutes later on Dixie River Road, a 29-year-old jogger told police the same thing happened to her. Police say that woman also got away.

"The two individuals that were threatened yesterday they did the right thing," Capt Brisbon said. "They knew something didn’t seem right and they didn’t stay. They didn’t wait around to engage and prolong the conversation with the suspect." 

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About an hour and a half after officers received the reports of the attempted abductions, someone saw a torched car in the woods of Performance Way - which is off Sam Wilson Road, near I-85. Investigators say the vehicle was the same one stolen the day before while it was left running unattended.

Police said crime scene technicians went over the burnt car, hoping to retrieve evidence.

"What we’re dealing with right now is somebody who obviously knew that there’s was a potential for them to be caught because of the vehicle and the linkage to the vehicle they were trying to get rid of that evidence," Brisbon said.

Investigators said they have not received any other reports of attempted abductions.

"We don’t have anything pointing to some serial individual who’s out trying to pick up women, and we don’t have any information that leads us to believe that this is something that has been going on for an extended period of time." 

As officers continue to search for the man, police are advising people to let someone else know where you're going to exercise. 

"Let people know where you’re going, give them an expected time frame for you to be out and about so they’ll know that you should be returning home," Capt Brisbon said. "Be aware of your surroundings, kinda map out the area that you’re going to, know what the potential threats to your safety may be in that area." 

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