Abducted student's cellphone, backpack still missing

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:14 p.m.

Investigators are searching for a cellphone and backpack that a Santa Fe College student dropped as she was being abducted Thursday night on the SFC campus.

Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said two men were seen looking through the backpack where it was dropped in the SFC parking lot north of the gymnasium and then walking away with it. Forgey said the men are not suspects in the abduction.

“The Santa Fe police department is going to do some searching out there in groups,” Forgey said. “They want (the phone and backpack) back because they are (the victim’s) and she has been traumatized enough.”

Forgey said the woman, who is from Trenton, was interviewed by investigators again Friday evening and was still shaken by the incident.

The 18-year-old student said a man with a handgun approached her between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the North Parking Lot near Building O and forced her into his truck.

She was able to escape around the 12000 block of Northwest 39th Avenue after he spent a few hours driving her around. She went to a home in that area to call for help.

Police were notified that the student was missing at 6:41 p.m., when her family called to report that she had not returned home as expected.

The man drove a small, dark pickup with dark tinted windows and a gray interior. He has a dark complexion, but his race was not known. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans, had close-cut hair and a tattoo on his right hand.

On Friday night, deputies also provided a composite drawing of the suspect and reported that the man may be Middle Eastern, may be between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and in his late 20s to early 30s. The crime sparked safety concerns at SFC. Campus Police Chief Ed Book said security is being increased.

Forgey said Saturday that the victim was interviewed again Friday evening.

“She is very traumatized. I was talking to her parents … and she just burst out crying. She is extremely traumatized,” Forgey said. “Her parents are shook up — this is their 18-year-old daughter. They are thankful it had a happy outcome, but they are shook up too.”

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