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VIDEO: Police search for man who kidnaps woman after forcing her into van

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LOS ANGELES (WSYX/WTTE) -- Police are asking for the public's help to identify and locate a suspected kidnapper after he was seen grabbing her by the hair and shoving her into a minivan on Wednesday.

The incident happened around 12:30 pm where a heavyset man approached a woman with a light-blue Chrysler minivan parked on the curb, the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA.

The woman began to walk away at least once before the man pursued her while opening the door to what could be the Town and Country model, police said. The man then pulled the woman by her hair and pushed her into the vehicle as she tried to break free. The suspect then drove away.

Police said the man weighs around 250 pounds, is between 30 and 35 years old. In the surveillance footage, he was wearing a baseball cap turned backward.

Investigators believe the two know each other, but a motive for the kidnapping remained unclear.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police at 818-838-9800, or at 877-527-3247 during non-business hours. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 800-222-8477, or by visiting the LAPD website and clicking on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

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