Mesa police are asking for the public’s help in locating or identifying a man who abducted a woman at the main Mesa Public Library on Friday and remains on the loose.
The suspect is a Hispanic male described to be between 18 to 22 years old and wearing blue shorts with white horizontal stripes and a black baseball cap, possibly with the Chicago White Sox logo. Police say he asked the woman who was returning books at the library about 10:20 a.m. for a ride. Moments after the woman agreed, he stabbed her, tied her up, commandeered her vehicle and drove her south of Florence off of Highway 79. After pulling off the highway, he made the woman get out of the car and lay down in the brush, according to Mesa police.
The man, who also was carrying an orange or red T-shirt or towel in his pocket, said he was going to Tucson and walked up to the highway where he possibly hitched a ride from another person.
The woman was able to get free and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
If anyone has experienced a similar incident, they can call Mesa police at (480) 862-5502 or (480) 644-6075. Anonymous tips can be called into Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377 or www.silentwitness.org.
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