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UTA police warn of kidnapping at bus stop near campus

UT Arlington police have issued a crime alert for students after a woman was kidnapped Thursday evening at knifepoint from a bus stop near campus.

The kidnapping happened about 9 p.m. at the Metro Arlington Xpress stop at 301 Center St. in the College Park development.

The woman, who is not a student, had been sitting alone at the bus stop when a man approached, grabbed her by the arm and displayed a pocketknife, police said in their campus crime alert.

“The suspect threatened her harm if she didn’t follow instructions,” the alert says. “The victim was taken to an unknown location and possibly drugged.”

Capt. Michael McCord said police are still trying to determine how long the woman was held at the location and what occurred there, including whether she was sexually assaulted.

“We are still working to ascertain the full scope of what occurred during this incident,” he said.

The woman told police that she was released by her kidnapper and went to a friend’s house. She did not immediately report the incident to police, McCord said.

The suspect is described as a tall and muscular black man in his mid-30s, with no facial hair. He was wearing a black skullcap, a black T-shirt and oversize black pants. He had a long scar on the inside of his right forearm.

WHAT TO DO

Anyone with information about the kidnapping is asked to call UT Arlington police at 817-272-3381.

Be alert

Police urge those on campus to be aware of their surroundings and walk in groups during evening hours or call police for a security escort at 817-272-3381.

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