Atlanta police are looking a man who kidnapped a woman at gunpoint in Edgewood early Wednesday morning. She later escaped.
Separately, investigators are looking for the man — possibly the same gunman — who attempted to kidnap a woman in Reynoldstown.
In the Edgewood case, the victim told police that around 2 a.m., she and a friend were sitting on the porch of a house in the 100 block of Mayson Avenue. A man armed with a gun grabbed her and forced her into the trunk of his vehicle, Ofc. Kim Jones, an APD spokeswoman, told East Atlanta Patch.
A short distance away, "the victim was able to escape by pulling the trunk release lever and jumping out at Arkwright Place and Whitefoord Avenue," Jones said.
She ran to Leslie Street where she called police.
She suffered a contusion to the left eye and a sprained wrist as a result of her fall.
The gunman remains at large.
The victim described the suspect as black, 5'7" inches tall, thin, with dreadlocks. He had on a black facemask and blue hoodie. The vehicle was a 4-door sedan but she did not get a description of the color.
In the Reynoldstown incident — which occurred about 20 minutes later — police found another woman screaming at the intersection of Walthall and Hawthorne streets.
The reporting officer saw the woman running away from the intersection and a man jumping into a small, four-door sedan. The man escaped.
The victim told police she was walking to her car, which was parked on the Hawthorne Street, after leaving her friend's home on Moreland Avenue and Caroline Street.
The victim said an older model, dark colored sedan pulled up behind her. A small, black man about 5'6" tall and weighing 130 pounds, jumped out of the car and came toward her, brandishing a gun.
The man, who was wearing a white tee shirt and had shoulder-length dreadlocks, grabbed her by the hair and began punching her in the mouth.
As he did so, he tried pushing her into the open trunk of his car, yelling, "get in the trunk!"
A witness who heard the commotion approached them and the victim was able to escape, just as police arrived on the scene.
The gunman sped away hitting a mailbox on Hawthorne Street and may have front-end damage and/or white paint on his car.
Anyone with information should call 911 or Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404.577.TIPS (8477).