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Wheaton Giant abduction leaves residents, shoppers shaken

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A 75-year-old man is recovering Thursday after being abducted at knife point in Wheaton on Wednesday and forced to take money out of ATMs.

The Giant on University Boulevard in Wheaton was the site of the abduction. (Photo: WJLA)

The incident also has shoppers at a Wheaton shopping complex on edge, especially considering that the incident occurred on Thanksgiving eve.

At about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the victim was approached at a Giant supermarket in the 2700 block of University Boulevard in Wheaton, police say.

Police say the suspect then entered the victim's car with the kidnapped man and drove to several locations, where he had the victim withdraw cash from ATMs. The victim and his car ere then dropped off at a Metro station, where the suspect fled on foot.

"I think people always need to be on guard," Wheaton resident P.A. Magee said. "You never know what can happen from one moment to the next."

The suspect, who police describe as a black male with a medium complexion, between the ages of 35 and 45 years old and nearly 6 feet tall, is still on the loose.

"It's crazy that people would do that kind of thing, especially around the holiday season," Wheaton resident Steve Davison says.

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