Anchorage woman escapes after carjacking

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman abducted by three people in a downtown parking garage during a carjacking Friday evening jumped out of her sport utility vehicle as her captors drove through a residential area.

''She saw her opportunity to escape and took it,'' said Anchorage Police Lt. Steve Smith. ''She was in great fear for her life.''

A man, a woman and a juvenile girl were arrested later on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and theft in connection with the carjacking. They have not been identified.

After their victim escaped, the suspects led police across town and crashed the 1997 GMC Yukon through a fence and into a shed.

The woman victim, who was not identified by police, was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center. Smith said she suffered bruises and was being X-rayed for possible broken bones.

Smith said the victim had been shopping earlier in the afternoon and was returning to her vehicle in the J C Penney parking garage when the three confronted her, ordered her into the Yukon and took off.

Police received a report of a woman jumping out of a vehicle about 6 p.m. Witnesses said the suspects drove away after the victim tumbled onto the pavement.

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