AUGUSTA — Police are looking for a man they say kidnapped a woman Tuesday and forced her to withdraw money from her bank account before taking the cash and fleeing.

Augusta Police Detective Lt. Keith Brann said police are looking for a white man in his early- to mid-20s who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The robber was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a dark baseball cap. The cap had an unidentified white logo on the visor, Brann said.

The victim, a 51-year-old woman, was not injured.

Brann said the kidnapping element of the crime makes the case particularly troubling.

“It certainly is scary,” Brann said.

The woman told police she had finished shopping at Walmart on Civic Center Drive around 5:20 p.m., and was leaving the store. The unidentified man approached the woman as she got to her car.

“The male suspect displayed a weapon and forced her into the front passenger’s seat of her vehicle,” Brann said. “The male then drove her vehicle from WalMart to the parking lot of an area bank.” 

Brann declined to specify what kind of weapon the robber carried.

The man told the woman to withdraw money from her account using an automated teller machine.

The robber, with the victim still in the car, then drove to an area near 40 Mount Vernon Ave., police said.

“The male stopped the vehicle and left the victim in her car at that location,” Brann said. “The victim drove to a nearby business, where she called police.” 

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Brann said the Augusta Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the incident, but has not yet charged anyone, Brann said.

Brann asked anyone who might have seen the suspect or who has information to call Augusta Police at 626-2370.

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