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Woman abducted from parking lot escapes, talks to police

Latanya Lavette Henry, 34, said she escaped by leaping out of a car.

Latanya Lavette Henry, 34, said she escaped by leaping out of a car.

ST. PETERSBURG — Five hours after police said she was abducted in broad daylight, a woman escaped her captors Monday and called for help.

About 8 a.m. Monday, Latanya Lavette Henry, 34, had parked her car in the parking lot of the Boca Ciega Apartments on 37th Street S and headed for her sister's apartment.

But as her sister watched from a window, Henry walked over to a silver Toyota Camry parked a few spaces over. Henry later told police that she'd seen four men in the Camry and one called out to her, so she went over to see what they wanted.

When she got close enough, one of the men pulled her into the car. Henry's sister ran downstairs to help but was too late. The Camry had driven away.

Henry told police she didn't know the men in the Camry, but they wanted her help in tracking down a man she did know. Police said the men appeared to be "seeking restitution, revenge or both," and that narcotics played a role.

She told police her captors drove her around Pinellas County looking for the man they were after. At last, during a stop in Largo, she was able to leap out of the car and run to a nearby business, where she called her family.

Henry's family picked her up from the business and drove her to St. Petersburg police headquarters to speak with detectives. Police declined to provide further details, including the identity of the man that Henry's captors were seeking because of their ongoing investigation.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at cwiseman@tampabay.com. On Twitter: @clairelwiseman.

Woman abducted from parking lot escapes, talks to police 11/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 7:03pm]
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