• Woman escapes after being kidnapped in Winter Park; Sketch released


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Winter Park police are putting out warnings to women, as they work to figure out whether one man is behind two attacks on women.

    A gunman who kidnapped a woman outside her workplace in Winter Park early Thursday morning.

    The victim was on the phone with her husband at the time of the abduction, and he quickly called 911.

    Theresa Bradley, 55, called her  husband as she arrived at work on Lee Road, because of a previous abduction attempt in the area about two weeks ago.  

    The husband told police he heard his wife scream and then the line went dead.

    "She just got out of her car and started screaming. Now there's no answer on her phone. Could you get an officer right away?" the woman's husband told 911 dispatchers.

    Police said the armed man came from behind, grabbed Bradley’s neck and forced her into her passenger seat.

    Police said the attacker had Bradley stop her car, and he took her money and other belongings. Stopping again, the man got out, which is when Bradley got into the driver’s seat and took off.

    "That's scary, because i'm at least down here at least twice a week, so that's scary," said resident Judith Philip.

    Bradley described the gunman to police, who then made a composite sketch. She said he was about 25 years old and stood 6 feet tall, with big, brown eyes and a a 1-inch afro.

    The assailant was also wearing tan suede shoes that were unlaced.

    Winter Park police have not confirmed whether the latest abduction might be connected to the previous attempt at nearby Timken Radiology.

    In that incident, the woman had just gotten to work when a man punched her in the face, forced her into her car and then made her withdraw money from an ATM, officials said.

    On Thursday night, women in the area said they were ready to take police up on their offers to escort them to their cars.

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