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Man abducted in Wheaton, forced to withdraw money at ATMs

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A 75-year-old man man was abducted in Wheaton by a man with a box cutter and forced  to withdraw money from at least one ATM.

The man was kidnapped from a Giant store in the 2700 block of University Boulevard West in Wheaton Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m., Montgomery County Police say.

A man armed with a sharp object, possibly a box cutter, forced the victim to get in the victim's vehicle. The suspect drove the man to an ATM in the D.C. area and other unconfirmed locations to obtain cash.

He eventually drove his victim to a Metro station and fled on foot, possibly toward a Metro bus.

The victim drove to his home and called police around 6:40 p.m. The victim was not injured.

In a news release, police described the suspect as a black male with a medium complexion, between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, 5'11" to 6' tall, weighing between 175 and 180 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark-colored jeans and a black baseball cap. Police believe the suspect may have cut one of his fingers during the robbery.

Police ask anyone with information to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530, or anonymously at 1-866-TIPS (8477).

 

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