Man abducted at gunpoint, forced to withdraw cash from ATM
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Police are investigating after a man was abducted at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from his bank account, according to St. Joseph County Police.
At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the 53000 block of Bajer Lane for reports of a missing person/possible abduction.
“I was terrified. There wasn’t much I could think about. In the moment my mind kind of mostly went blank cause I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know what was gonna happen to me," said the victim, Jason Lee.
The caller said her 20-year-old son was last seen in his vehicle in front of her house around 10 p.m. with an unknown man, reports said.
She was unable to make contact with her son since then, but could see online that he had withdrawn money from his account in three transactions, reports said.
At 11:56 p.m., South Bend Police located the victim's vehicle near Leland and Riverside in South Bend.
A neighbor's security cameras captured video of two men around the time of the abduction. The two men knocked on the doors of several residences before knocking on Jason Lee's door.
Lee says he had a bad feeling about opening the door, but after seeing their persistence, he wanted to offer a helping hand. The men claimed they had car trouble.
Lee offered to drive the two men to their silver Dodge Charger, but that's when he was held at gunpoint and forced to withdraw $3,000 from three ATMs.
Cheryl Lee, Jason Lee's mother, said nothing like this has happened in their neighborhood over the last two years they have lived there.
“Nothing really happens, but now that something did happen. It’s good to know that we’re all watching. We’re all watching and we are supporting each other when something goes wrong," Cheryl said.
“I feel good to be home I don’t necessarily feel safe to be home. Like they know where I live this is where they took me from I just the whole thing has shaken me," Jason said.
The case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or the silver Dodge Charger is asked to call detectives at 574-235-9611 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.
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