Gunman tries to kidnap 2 NC female joggers, manhunt underway for suspect

Trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center were closed as police searched for the man. WBTV photo by Dedrick Russell

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — A man police consider “armed and dangerous” is wanted for attempting to kidnap two joggers in Charlotte’s Steele Creek area Tuesday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a woman was running in the 15000 block of York Road around 7:48 a.m. when a man pulled up, pointed a gun at her and demanded that she get into the vehicle.

The woman was able to run off and call police.

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About an hour later, the same driver approached a jogger in the 5900 block of Dixie River Road, police say. The man reportedly pointed a gun at the woman and told her to get in his vehicle. The woman was able to flag down a passerby who called 911.

Trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center were closed as police searched for the man. WBTV photo by Sharon Smith

Police are requesting the public’s help identifying the person wanted, who they describe as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old with straight black hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt.

Trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center were closed as police searched for the man.

The man was driving a tan or gold 1999 Mercedez Benz with NC plate EJA1151 which was found burned along Performance Road, police say.

The Mercedez was reported stolen on Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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