Woman kidnapped outside Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall

FRESNO, Calif.

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Security SUV's spent the night patrolling the Fashion Fair Mall parking lot Tuesday. After closing time, some employees decided to walk in pairs in order to get to their cars safely.

Fresno Police say a man kidnapped and threatened a woman in the parking lot earlier in the day. Investigators were looking for him after they say he forced his way into her car just after 1 P.M.

During the ordeal the knife-wielding man made sexual threats and demanded money.

"He ordered her to drive to the ATM and withdraw cash." said Lt. Burke Farrah of the Fresno Police Dept.

Investigators say she gave him some cash but it wasn't enough. The two ended up back at the mall and that's when she managed to get out and run away unharmed. The suspect ended up taking the car and left it a few blocks away.

A Fresno woman who didn't want her named used says she noticed a man matching the description outside her home. "I saw a fellow running down the street real fast and in my mind I'm thinking he's done something over at Fashion Fair because it's happened occasionally. He was running and he was carrying a plastic, small plastic black bag."

Police thought they had a lead on the suspect and tried to track him down at this north Fresno neighborhood.

Liz Reyes lives in a home that investigators believed the suspect might have been hiding in.

"The street's really dark. There's no lights out here so I could see how it can get confusing if somebody just jumped over a fence." said Reyes.

Turns out, the suspect was not in Reyes' home or even in the area.

The suspect is described as an African American male. Late teens, early 20's. 6'1" -- thin build. Last seen wearing blue jeans, green boxer shorts and a grey t-shirt.

If you have any information on this case please call Fresno Police.

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