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UCF: Woman screams for help, forced into car Monday night


Two witnesses reported a woman screaming for help and running from a man as she was pushed inside of a vehicle on Monday around 10:30 p.m. behind Tower 3 on UCF’s main campus, according to a UCF Alert released by the UCF Police Department via email on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred by the loading dock behind Tower 3 near Gemini Boulevard, according to the alert.

The woman, described as a blonde white woman wearing leggings and a pink shirt, screamed and ran from a white male with brown hair who was wearing a dark hoodie, the alert states.

The man pushed the woman into a four-door silver sedan, which appeared to be a newer model and could be a Hyundai, according to a statement released on social media on Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was then driven away by an unknown driver, according to the alert.

UCF PD has not received any reports of a missing person or domestic dispute that lines up with the circumstances of the incident, according to Wednesday’s statement.

A photo of a silver car was captured by surveillance cameras near the intersection of Gemini Boulevard and East Plaza Drive on UCF’s main campus around 10:30 p.m. Monday and lines up with the witnesses’ description, UCF PD spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said.

The car was thought to have possibly been identified as a Ford Fusion on Tuesday, but is now potentially a Hyundai.

A photo captured from surveillance cameras near the intersection of Gemini Boulevard and East Plaza Drive from the approximate time and day of the incident.

“Immediately UCF Police officers canvased the area, knocked on doors in Tower 3, reviewed surveillance footage, and put out an alert to local law enforcement,” the alert reads.

When asked if it was appropriate to call this incident a potential abduction, Gilmartin said the department was unsure if a crime had been committed.

That’s why we’re asking people to come forward with information, she said.

Anybody with information can call UCF PD at 407-823-5555, call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS to report anonymously and be eligible for a reward or leave a tip online.

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