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Hernando deputies search for kidnapping suspect

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:16 PM

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a man who kidnapped a woman Thursday morning in Jefferson County.

The incident occurred at 7:45 a.m. Thursday as the woman was stopped in the McDonald's parking lot at 5185 South Jefferson in Lamont, east of Tallahassee along Interstate 10.

When the woman stopped her vehicle, the suspect entered the back seat and advised her that he had a knife, but she did not see a knife at any time, the report states.

The suspect directed the woman to drive south on the Florida/Georgia Parkway.

After several hours of driving, the suspect advised the woman to stop the vehicle. At 12:30 p.m. he got out and walked into the woods in the area of Citrus Way and U.S. 98, in Hernando County, the report said.

The victim then drove to the Florida Highway Patrol station for assistance.

The victim was not harmed, and nothing was taken, the report said.

The man is described as a white male who is about 50 years old, possibly younger as he had a weathered appearance. He was about 6-feet tall and weighed between 180 to 200 pounds and had dirty blond hair.

The subject has some sort of injury to one of his legs, causing him to walk with a limp, the report said. The suspect was last seen wearing a long sleeve tan shirt, dark colored pants and black gloves. He was carrying a shopping bag.

Anyone who thinks they might have seen the man or gave him a ride is asked to call Detective Bryan Faulkingham at (352) 797-3733.

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