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Woman in abduction video fine: Police

Washington Post Editors

Update, Aug. 10, 3:50 p.m.:

Police released a statement saying that detectives have interviewed the woman in the surveillance video from the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. They determined there was no abduction and the woman is safe.

Original Post:
D.C. police are seeking information about a possible abduction in Southeast Washington that was caught on video by a surveillance camera Sunday night.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. in the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, where a man appeared to force a woman into a Dodge Charger, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

“At this time, the female does not match the description of anyone who has been reported missing,” Crump said. She said police were alerted to the possible abduction by a 911 call. She declined to say whether call came from someone who witnessed the incident or saw the video afterward.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 10, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Crime, Seen , District of Columbia , Paul Duggan , Personal Safety  
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Just another day in SEDC. Notice the by-stander helping out the victim and calling the police.

This has been up for three hours: notice the outpouring of concern in the comments section. Nope.

Gee, maybe the Post will even put this on the front page? Nope.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 9, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree havent seen this on the news or anything...Hmm I would hate to think that coverage would be different if the people were "different".....

Posted by: LWATSON0849 | August 10, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Whats to how semi-crowded the gas station got not even 40 seconds after that woman was forced into the car and the guy drove off.
The other issue is, the gas station attendant saw and heard something!! You can see the light from the windows reflecting off the woman. Was he the one who called police?

And lastly, are these so called surveillance cameras not being monitored 24/7 by dispatch or SOMEBODY?? There are police in that area ALL the time. Where were they and what were they doing???

Posted by: Ms511 | August 10, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Also, it looked to me like she was already running from him before he even got to her. Notice how fast both she and the car are moving before she makes it to the door of the convenience shop. She turns and sees him getting close and she starts to try and run again.........she knows that guy....there's no way some woman would have backed herself into a corner and allowed that man to grab her...but then again..her feet were probably looked like she was running in high heels.....possible domestic dispute???

Posted by: Ms511 | August 10, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a domestic dispute. Can't imagine why a woman would not have been wailing all over the ground screaming at the top of her lungs if she were really being kidnapped.

Hope she's ok.

Posted by: dcis1 | August 10, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Definite domestic dispute. She probably tried to skip out on watching her own kids and he had to come get her and keep her home. Some girls just don't know how to act.

Posted by: mossmillennium | August 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It isn't an abduction, it's a dispute between a couple of youngins. You can tell that she knows who the guy is when she gets into the car and she's not even fighting him off. I bet they went home and made a baby later on that night.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 10, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

So, what, false alarm?

Scary stuff from SEDC.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

SE DC should be bulldozed and made into a big dog park.

Posted by: kenk3 | August 10, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

This was a domestic situation, but the woman is not cooperating with the Police, of course, because of the area she resides in, which is common. And as far as the surveillance camera being monitored by dispatch comment. The surveillance camera is a privately owned camera belonging to the gas station. The police were there within minutes of this occurring and canvassing for the victim.

Posted by: Chazo | August 10, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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