AZUSA >> A woman escaped from three masked kidnappers who forced her into a minivan as she stood on a sidewalk in Azusa early Sunday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 2:45 a.m. as a 34-year-old woman was standing on a sidewalk while waiting for a ride in the 200 block of East First Street, Azusa police official said in a written statement.
“A vehicle approached from the west and stopped. A male passenger exited the van and forced the victim into the back seat,” according to the statement. “As the van drove away east on First Street, she was able to fight off the kidnappers and exit the van.”
The woman hopped out of the still-moving minivan, which sped away.
The driver and two passengers of the van were initially described only as three men with their faces covered., Sgt. Jorge Sandoval said. Their vehicle was described as a black minivan, similar in appearance to a Nissan Quest.
No weapon was seen, and no serious injuries were reported, according to the sergeant.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.