Atlanta police are looking for a man who kidnapped a woman Wednesday morning and attempted to kidnap a second woman, just minutes later.
Both incidents happened around the Moreland Avenue area in Southeast Atlanta.
"There was a guy stuffing this girl into a trunk," said Joel McCoy, who was up late when he heard screams for help outside his home on Hawthorne Street just after 2 a.m. "He punched her in the mouth as he was trying to close the trunk lid on her. And she's screaming."
McCoy helped the woman into his home and called police.
Less than a half hour before the attack on Hawthorne Street, two women were sitting on the front porch when they noticed a man walking back and forth. Suddenly, he ran up onto their porch and grabbed one of the women by the arm. He indicated he had a gun and then managed to drag her up the street into the trunk of his car.
As the car sped down the road, she destroyed part of the interior of the trunk in order to be able to open the latch. She then leapt from the car running for her life. She suffered only a few cuts and bruises.
"He had a gun," said Marcos Gonzalez, who said he was walking home from a party when he saw the man attacking his roommate.
"He told me to not be brave," Gonzalez said. "I just walked up here, knocked on the door and called police."
Atlanta Police believe both attacks are related since they happened in the same area, just minutes apart.
"It's a good neighborhood," said Joe Smith, whose mother lives in the area. "You usually don't see nothing happen like that. That's crazy."
Police also said the man is dangerous.
"Both of the attempts took place within 30 minutes of one another, so that basically tells us he's determined to succeed in this action," said Captain Adam Lee III, spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department.
Lee said they are looking for a black male in his 20s, 5'8" with a slim build, short dreadlocks and wearing a blue hoodie. He was driving a dark colored sedan.
"She was totally shaken, as you can imagine," McCoy said. "I mean, someone tries to abduct you and put you in their trunk? That's like a horror movie."
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