Police: Woman Abducted at Gunpoint After Giving Ride to Stranger

Victim met man in a Ballston bar, police said.

An Arlington woman who offered to give a ride to a man she met in a bar last week ended up being forced at gunpoint to take the man further than she intended.

The woman and a friend were at a Ballston bar when they first met the man, according to information the Arlington County Police Department released this week.

The woman offered to take the man home at the end of the night, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. She dropped her friend off first, leaving her alone with the man.

Between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday, the woman offered to drop the man off at an intersection in the direction he was traveling when he pulled out a gun and demanded she take him to an Arlington apartment complex, Sternbeck said.

Sternbeck would not identify the apartment complex. He did say the man did not live there.

The pair arrived at the apartment complex, but the man refused to get out of the vehicle, Sternbeck said. The woman jumped out and ran away, abandoning her car.

The victim was shaken and called a friend in the Buckingham community for help. She stayed with the friend overnight and then reported the matter to police.

The woman described her assailant as a 5-foot-10-inch-tall man weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing black pants, a light-colored shirt with a purple tie and a black leather jacket at the time of the incident, according to police.

The woman's car has since been recovered, Sternbeck said.

"Don't offer rides to people you've just met at a bar," he said. "Certainly, don't put yourself in a situation where it's you and that individual that you just met alone. Trust your instincts."

Michael Josef Basl December 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM


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