- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield police are investigating reports that a masked man abducted two co-workers, roughed them up and returned them in separate incidents.

Police aren’t elaborating on a possible motive for the abductions, which are alleged to have occurred about a month apart, The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/1VfwrEl ) reports. Police said officers were investigating an abduction on Aug. 20 when they learned about a similar case one month earlier.

Police said that the recent case involved a man who was confronted as he was leaving his apartment to begin work on the night shift. A gunman made the victim drive to an unknown location, where he was attacked. The man then was returned to the apartments, where the gunman took the man’s phone and driver’s license before leaving.

Police described the assault as life-threatening and indicated in a report that the abduction might have lasted up to 3 ½ hours.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the investigation into the earlier incident is still in its infancy. She said police are not yet releasing details, such as where it occurred.

Cox confirmed the victims are co-workers, but she did not say where they work.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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