PHOENIX - A harrowing experience for a 13-year-old west Phoenix girl, who was abducted at gunpoint Monday night, then driven around for several hours by her captors before being released miles away in Surprise.
Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill says Marquesia Thomas was transferred several times from one vehicle to another, and at one point was placed in the trunk of a car. She was threatened repeatedly, said Hill, and hit on the head several times but wasn't seriously injured.
She was released about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday outside a Surprise home.
Hill says the abduction may have been drug-related, but he says Marquesia was an innocent victim and that it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Police say between three and six armed men snatched the teen from outside a friend's house around 7 p.m. Monday.