BROWNSVILLE-OCEAN HILL, Brooklyn — Three men kidnapped a woman at gunpoint from a Brooklyn street in the middle of the day and whisked her by car to a bank, where she withdrew $2,000 from an ATM before finally being set free, police said.
Police on Friday released details of the June 6 incident in an effort to find leads in the case that began as a ruse, with one of the suspects stopping the woman for directions to a nearby church at about 1:30 p.m.
A second man immediately showed up at the corner of Herzl and Newport streets in the Brownsville-Ocean Hill neighborhood, saying he could help.
That’s when the first man brandished a firearm on the distracted woman, and forced her into the front passenger seat of a getaway car in which a third man was waiting.
The three suspects demanded money from the woman and told her to contact her bank. They drove to a Chase branch on Church Avenue, where she withdrew $2,000 from an ATM. Police released a surveillance image from the bank. The kidnappers then dropped her off at Newport and East 98th streets and fled.
The suspects are described as black men in their 40s. The first man was dressed in “business neat attire.” The second man was dressed in a green suit.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.