Columbus woman kidnapped at knife-point, car hijacked

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Around 10 AM Thursday, police say a Columbus woman left a business at 26th Street and 2nd Avenue, got in her car and was slowing down at a stop sign near 3rd Avenue when suddenly, a man opened her passenger door, got in and pulled on knife on her.

According to police, the man forced her to drive down River Road to North Columbus where for some reason, she pulled off the road, jumped out of the car and ran away while her attacker took off running in the other direction.

Police don't know at this point if she decided to stop the car or if she was forced to.

As for where the suspect wanted to go or what he wanted from the victim, that's still up in the air.

Police don't know what words were exchanged between the two during the car ride but detectives don't think anything was taken from the victim.

Officials say the woman was able to flag down a passing driver on River Road and asked them to call 911.

Investigators are not releasing the victim's name at this point but tell News Leader 9 she was not injured, only receiving a few scratches on her face from running through the woods. We're told she is staying with family members.

The search for the suspect is currently underway.

He is described as a black man between the age of 25 and 30,clean shaven, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Throughout the day, the Metro Narcotics Helicopter was out searching for the him in the woods along River Road and officers have been canvassing the area, knocking on doors to see if any residents nearby saw anything.

Police are asking anyone who knows anything or might have seen something along River Road to call the Columbus Police Department's Robbery and Assault Division at 706-653-3400.

News Leader 9 will continue to bring you the latest in the investigation.

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