NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department is actively investigating at this time a kidnapping. The abduction happened at the TETCO convenience store, at the corner of University Drive and Starr Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
A young woman says she was approached by a stranger in the parking lot. "The suspect forced her into her own vehicle and forced her to drive up University Drive and then onto the edge of the Stephen F. Austin University campus," said Sgt. Greg Sowell, a NPD spokesperson.
The victim drove near the azalea garden off of University Drive. "Where she was able to escape from him and flee," said Sowell.
The woman did receive scratches and bruises during the incident. She is not an SFA student. University police released a campus alert just in case the suspect was still on campus.
At any other hour someone may have seen the unusual activity. Nearby, SFA groundskeepers come to work, but today they are on a work furlough.
The store was half an hour from opening. There was a manager inside, but he didn't see or hear anything. "My manager comes in really early and he goes to the back office and does paperwork and does his office work before we open at 6," said Jimmy Williams, an employee.
The victim provided a description. Police are looking for a black male around six feet tall, with a slender build. He has short hair, clean shaven, and was wearing dark colored jeans and a dark colored shirt that had some type of light colored emblem on the shirt.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 560-info or contact the Nacogdoches Police Department.