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Milwaukee Police searching for victim of abduction

Abduction in downtown Milwaukee
Abduction in downtown Milwaukee
Posted at 9:24 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 23:19:41-04

MILWAUKEE — MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police are searching for a man caught on tape abducting someone in the middle of a street. It happened in the early hours of Monday morning.

The surveillance video shows someone running away from a man. The person is grabbed, punched and then dragged back into a SUV. The whole time the victim is fighting to get away.

The video is hard for people who live in the area to watch.

"It's just very disturbing," said Ray Martinez who lives nearby.

People who live in the apartments overlooking the streets where the abduction happened say they had no idea this struggle had happened below until police showed up to their door.

"It was about 2 in the morning they came knocking at the door saying did we hear anybody scream, 'Help.' And I didn't," said Lindsey Ruffin who lives in the apartment building.

Other neighbors said the same thing. Most were surprised this violent struggle went on without attracting any attention.

'For something like that to happen in an open space like this where there is a lot of pedestrians, cars and stuff coming by at the traffic light. That's messed up," said Ruffin.

The man was able to drag the person from the middle of the road back into the SUV while stopping to punch the victim.

"We don't really walk around on Mitchell Street at night that much for a good reason," said Sara Perez. "It's horrible. I'm hoping the police are able to find them."

Police do not know if the victim is a man or a woman. They believe the victim is Hispanic person with possibly curly black hair. The sspect is described as a man between the ages of 20-30.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a dark blue or black, four-door SUV with tinted windows. Witnesses say the vehicle could be a 2003-04 Pontiac Torrent or Nissan SUV.