BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Police in Bessemer say a man is in custody Wednesday after forcing a woman into his car and leading officers on a pursuit that ended in Hoover.
Police say the incident began around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning when a 13-year-old girl was approached by the suspect outside of 4th Avenue Supermarket. The suspect, said to be a middle-aged white male, approached the girl in a silver compact car and asked her if she knew of another lady.
When the girl told the man she didn’t, he offered her $20 to get inside his car.
She went inside the store, told her mom, who then called police. The suspect drove away. Police say they received more information about the man’s car between 12 and 12:30 p.m. It was spotted a short while later in Bessemer.
Police began following the car when they noticed there was a female inside who seemed to be struggling. Bessemer police say the man managed to get the woman to come close enough to his car before he physically forced her into the vehicle.
The man led police on a pursuit that eventually ended a couple of miles into Hoover. Lt. Derron Hunter with the Bessemer Police Department says the suspect didn’t resist arrest, but he did not comply.
He has yet to be charged, but he is in police custody.
The woman was not injured.
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