Police searching for woman abducted from SW Miami-Dade restaurant

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a woman who was abducted from a restaurant in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Police, a woman in distress ran up to employees in a Wendy’s near Kendall Drive and Southwest 162nd Ave, at around 6:15 p.m., Wednesday.

“Clearly, she looks like she is in some form of distress,” Miami-Dade Police detective Chris Thomas said. “You can see from her facial expressions that she appears to be scared. She looks like she’s scared. She looks like she doesn’t want to be with this individual.”

Police said the woman pleaded with restaurant employees to help her as the subject argued with her over the counter.

While holding the woman’s purse, the subject grabbed her arm and forcefully pulled her out of the restaurant.

“At some point, she’s grabbed and forcefully taken against her will outside the restaurant, and you can actually see her brace herself on the door frame in order to keep herself from being taken out,” Thomas said. “Unfortunately, she wasn’t strong enough, and he took her out of the restaurant.”

Employees called for police while the woman held onto the door frame in an unsuccessful attempt to escape.

“What’s concerning is the young lady appears to be scared from her facial expressions, from her gestures, the interaction between her and the subject in this case,” Thomas said.

Police said the subject eventually fled the scene in a black Chrysler 300 with the victim inside. Surveillance video inside the restaurant captured the incident.

“We don’t know if this is domestic-related,” Thomas said. “We don’t know if this lady actually knows this person, but we still need anyone in the community who can identify — maybe you’re looking at the screen now, and you can tell. You can see like, ‘Hey, that’s my cousin,’ or ‘That’s a friend,’ or ‘Someone I go to church with,’ or ‘I’ve seen her at the store.'”

Police are searching for the woman and the man seen in the video.

“Please contact the police,” Thomas said. “Any information is important, and the information can help us to find this young lady and find out exactly what happened.”

If you have any information on this abduction, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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