Woman, 74, walks nearly 2 miles for help after abduction from KY shopping center

Photo of stolen Taurus taken one month ago
Photo of stolen Taurus taken one month ago

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (WAVE)- Police are looking for a man they say abducted a woman and stole her car at a popular Northern Kentucky shopping center.

Investigators say a man forced Ann Lee Ernst, 74, into her car at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Crestview Hills Town Center.

He allegedly went through her purse before driving her to Miami Township, in Hamilton County, OH, where he tied her to a tree and gagged her in the woods.

She managed to escape about two hours later and walked about two miles to get help.

The woman was able to give police a description of a man. Police say he's a slender white man, about 6'2" and 165 pounds and between 30 and 40 years old, with bug eyes and buck teeth, armed with a knife and gun. He was wearing a jungle-style, army hat with a brim all the way around, baggy green cargo pants and white tennis shoes. He was last seen driving Ernst's 2001 Ford Taurus. The license number is KY 114DJM.

Wednesday shoppers at the Crestview Hills Town Center said they felt safe, but still made it a point to use extra caution.

"Today in the world that we live in you just don't know where danger lurks," shopper Maureen Hebert said.

"In Edgewood you wouldn't think it would happen, but it just shows you that it can anywhere and anytime," echoed fellow shopper Janet Baseheart.

Call Crimestoppers if you can help, (513) 352-3040.

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