Kidnapped driver at gunpoint flees with genie gesture to lure help

A Florida man managed to save himself from a terrifying situation with quick thinking and extra pressure on the gas pedal.

The man, whose name has not been released, was described in a statement from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as a Port St. Lucie dog breeder who had ‘bragged’ online about having lots of cash on hand. The internet bragging caught the attention of three men in their 20s who “possessed themselves as interested dog buyers” and then showed up at the man’s house to steal, assault and ultimately kidnap him, according to the sheriff’s office.

The trio broke into the victim’s home on June 16, ‘trashing the residence’ for cash before demanding more information about the lucrative puppies the man was raising, according to a Port police report St. Lucia obtained by The Washington Post.

When the breeder said the puppies were not at the scene, but at his aunt’s home in Fort Lauderdale, the three men forced him to start driving there at gunpoint, the report said. .

It was along the way that the dog breeder hatched a plan to escape. He began driving 15 miles over the speed limit, hoping to get pulled over on an overpass he knew law enforcement usually patrolled.

After the man was arrested, Martin County Deputy Cameron White noticed something was wrong. First, the driver had an apparent “air of desperation,” according to the sheriff’s statement. He also found it odd that the driver seemed reluctant to get back in the car after White let him go with a warning and had to be told twice he was free to go.

“But as he walked away, he put his hands behind his back and made a gesture like he was firing a handgun face down, which made the hair on my neck stand up.” , White told local news station WPTV.

At that point, White told him to get away from the car and called for reinforcements.
“We’re like, ‘Hey, what was that about?'” White said. “He said, ‘These guys in the car are holding me hostage. There are guns in the car and I need help.

The three men were arrested on a host of charges, including kidnapping, assault and home invasion.


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