Abducted woman, 94, frees herself from car trunk after hours

Police say a man in his 30s forced his way into a woman’s home in Scottsdale early Tuesday morning, bound her, put her in the trunk of her car and drove away. The woman spent about seven hours in her trunk before escaping.

Scottsdale Police Department

Police say a man in his 30s forced his way into a woman’s home in Scottsdale early Tuesday morning, bound her, put her in the trunk of her car and drove away. The woman spent about seven hours in her trunk before escaping.

PHOENIX (AP) — A 94-year-old Phoenix woman freed herself from the trunk of her car hours after she was abducted from her condominium by a man who put her in the trunk, drove the car away and parked it at a shopping mall, police said Wednesday.

The woman's ordeal began early Tuesday when the man in his 30s forced his way into her home in the suburb of Scottsdale, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a police spokesman.

The man tied the woman up, put her in the trunk of her four-door sedan and drove it a short distance to the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Hoster said.

The unidentified woman spent about seven hours in the trunk until she managed to get out. A passer-by saw her and called 911. The woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, but Hoster declined to comment on whether she suffered injuries.

Hoster also would not say whether the woman knew her kidnapper, how she freed herself from the trunk or if anything was stolen during the abduction. He said the investigation was still in its early stages.

Most residents of the complex are retired people who stay in Arizona during the winter, Czupek said.