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Police searching for attempted kidnapper in bus stop attack

PHOENIX — A suspect is still on the loose after attempting to kidnap a woman on her way to a Phoenix bus station, police said.

The suspect, described as a Middle Eastern male approximately 25 to 30 years old, drove up beside the female victim while she was walking toward a bus station near Central Avenue and Baseline Road on April 17 around 8 a.m., according to police.

The man then asked her if she would like a ride and told her to look inside the vehicle, which was when the woman noticed him playing with his genitals, police said. The victim began to walk away when the suspect exited the vehicle, exposing his genitals, and grabbed her arm, according to police.

The woman was able to safely exit the scene and the suspect took off on West Harwell Road. The vehicle was described as a newer black, four-door muscle-type car with tinted windows, with a possible Arizona license plate BVF-4195.

Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Derek Elmore said they are trying to catch the suspect before he strikes again.

“Maybe he’s escalating to the point where he’s going to kidnap or take somebody,” he said in a statement. “That’s what the detectives fear and that’s why they want this information out there.”


Police are also on the lookout for a suspect in a Phoenix homicide after finding a victim with head trauma wounds, who later died from his injuries.

Antwan Cook, a 31-year-old male, was found on April 29 around 11 p.m. in a parking lot at 4415 S. 28th St with head trauma wounds after being assaulted by multiple suspects, according to police.

Police believe that Cook was attacked by multiple subjects due to his size; he was over 6’0″ and weighed approximately 400 lbs.