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Woman kidnapped from east Atlanta bar parking lot
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Woman kidnapped from east Atlanta bar parking lot

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating a kidnapping that took place early Thursday morning in east Atlanta village.

According to Capt. Paul Guerrucci, a woman was leaving The Earl around 1:30 Thursday morning. As she tried to leave the parking lot, a man grabbed her from her car and threw her into the back of an SUV, driven by another man, eyewitnesses told police. One of the suspects then fled in the woman's car.

The woman was found unharmed nearly 18 hours later in NW Atlanta. Police are looking into the possibility that the suspects may have been impersonating officers. Guerrucci said some witnesses said the men did represent themselves as police, while other witnesses did not.

Guerrucci said the men asked for a ransom, but did not give details on the amount or from whom the money was demanded. He believes the victim was targeted.

"Based on our investigation thus far, we do not believe that we have a kidnapping crew just randomly going around and snatching people off the road," Guerrucci said. "We believe that the victims were targeted for one reason or another, that we're not going to talk about right now. But they're not random."

Police said there are similarities between this and another kidnapping incident that took place last week. Jeronta Brown and his fiancee Briana Brooks were kidnapped from DeKalb County by men who claimed to be FBI.The couple was handcuffed, driven to Atlanta and shot. Both victims eventually died.

In that case, kidnappers also demanded a ransom.

Guerrucci said they are "considering all options," including the possibility that the two incidents may be related.

He stressed in both cases, the victims were targeted. Both incidents are still under investigation. Police do not have descriptions of the second suspects but believe there were at least two men involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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