NORTH LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Police have released new images in their search for a man who allegedly kidnapped a Lauderhill woman earlier this month.
The images, which were taken inside a North Lauderdale restaurant, show the suspect talking on his phone wearing camouflage baggy shorts, a white “American Eagle” t-shirt and black sneakers. He has been described as 5’5” to 5’8”, 120-150 pounds with a thin muscular build and a diamond earring in his left ear.
The reported kidnapping happened Saturday, October 1st, as 29-year old Judith Moncion was leaving the Elegant Beauty Supply store in the 7200 block of W McNab Road.
Moncion was about to drive away in her car when a man opened the driver’s side door, pointed a gun at her and told her to be quiet.
“I seen the gun and I started screaming,” said Moncion. “That’s when he pinned me to the car and held my mouth.”
When Moncion began to scream, she said the man wrapped duct tape around her head over her nose and mouth and around her hands.
“The duct tape started coming around and I’m looking at him like this man is just duct taping me, duct taping me. Now he’s duct taping my nose and I’m telling him I couldn’t breathe,” she recalled.
That’s when she said he threw her in the back seat and got into the driver’s seat.
A witness who saw what happened immediately called 911. Before the man could even drive out of the parking lot the sheriff’s deputies had arrived. The alleged kidnapper actually tried talking to the officers.
“He’s telling the officer, he went that way, he went that way,” remembered Moncion. “While the officer was driving by I popped my head up and the bright lights was on me and he seen the bright lights.”
When the deputy tried to pull the car over, the man bailed out and took off on foot. He jumped over a wall and ran into the Player’s Place Community about a block away. Officers were unable to find him.
Moncion was able to jump into the front seat and hit the brakes before the car hit a Taco Bell.
Anyone with information on the man is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.