PALMDALE – Palmdale deputies are searching for two suspects, who allegedly kidnapped a man at gunpoint, tied him up with his shoelaces and then stole his vehicle.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Thursday in east Palmdale, according to Palmdale Station Watch Commander Lt. Sylvies.
“The victim was at [William J.] McAdam Park by himself when he was approached by two male Hispanic suspects in their mid-20s,” Sylvies said. “One of the suspects was armed with a revolver, and they ordered the victim to drive them away from the park in the victim’s car.”
Sylvies said the men directed the victim to a secluded area near Angeles Forest Highway and Mt. Emma Road.
“They ordered him out of the car and had him walk down a dirt path away from the roadway,” he said.
They assaulted the man and then used his shoelaces to bind his wrists and ankles, Sylvies said. The suspects then fled the location in the man’s car. A man on an afternoon hike happened upon the scene and called for help.
The victim, described as a Hispanic male about 45-years-old, was taken to the hospital for observation.
The thieves also took the man’s cell phone and may have some other personal items that was in the vehicle, Sylvies said.
The stolen vehicle is a Gold 2004 Chevy Cavalier, license plate number 5RXR806.
Sylvies said there were people in the park during the alleged kidnapping, but detectives were unable to locate any witnesses to the actual incident.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Palmdale Station detectives at 661-272-2400. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.
UPDATED 6/1/12 @ 3:30 p.m.: The victim has changed his story, and now says he was not kidnapped from William J. McAdam park. Read the latest here.