Woman abducted, forced to withdraw $8,000

Police say this man and a woman forced a woman to empty her bank accounts.
Police say this man and a woman forced a woman to empty her bank accounts.
Posted: April 03, 2014

An 80-year-old woman was abducted by a man and woman in West Philadelphia and forced to withdraw $8,000 from her bank account, police said Tuesday.

The victim was approached near 55th and Market Streets on Monday by a woman in her 40s attempting an apparent flimflam, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

A man in his 40s or 50s also approached attempting the same scam. The victim, suspecting something was wrong, became scared and told the pair to leave her alone. The man forced her into a green Saturn SUV with a New Mexico license plate, and they drove to the Citizens Bank branch at 2900 Island Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.

Inside, the victim was forced to withdraw $8,000. A bank employee, following procedure, asked what the money was for, Walker said. The man said it was for the funeral of the victim's sister.

The pair then drove the victim to 57th and Chestnut Streets and forced her from the car before speeding off.

Anyone with information can dial 911 or call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.

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