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Police seek help identifying suspect in gunpoint kidnapping attempt on Capitol Hill

Police are searching for the suspect in an attempted kidnapping of a woman as she waited for her rideshare car on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Seattle Police released a sketch of the man they say tried to get the woman into his car at gunpoint on 11th Ave near E Pike early on the morning of Friday, February 1st:

The victim was on 11 Avenue between E Union and E Pike waiting for her rideshare at around 4:25 in the morning. While she waited, the suspect, a male motorist, drove by slowly and stared at her. The suspect parked and ordered the victim into his car at gunpoint. The victim yelled for help and ran away. The suspect got into his car and drove off. The victim ran to her rideshare, who arrived around the corner, and they both contacted police.

Police say the suspect is a black male in his 20s or 30s, about 5’10″ with a medium build. Detectives believe the suspect was driving an early 2000s Nissan Maxima or similar appearing vehicle that is either black or dark in color. The car has scrapes or scratches on the driver’s side, according to police. It was last seen headed north on 11th Ave according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

SPD says detectives have surveillance video of the incident which happened mere blocks from the East Precinct, but are not releasing it at this time. Police were with the victim within minutes and immediately began the search for the suspect.

Detectives are requesting public assistance in identifying and locating the suspect. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the SPD tip line at (206) 233-5000 or you can call 911.

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