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Brooksville woman reports kidnapping

A 25-year-old Brooksville woman told police she was abducted by a man and held captive for more than an hour before she jumped from his moving pickup early Tuesday morning. The incident began when the woman walked from her home near downtown Brooksville to the front of Ken's Speed & Machine auto parts store at 512 S Main St., to buy a soda from a vending machine, Brooksville Police Chief Ed Tincher said.

Police had not made an arrest as of late Tuesday. The man they sought was described as in his 40s, about 6 feet 3, with short, straight blond hair. He was wearing an unbuttoned checkered shirt with jeans and should have a cut on his right hand.

Tincher gave the following account of the kidnapping. Police did not release the woman's name.

While the woman was standing in front of the store about 11:30 p.m. Monday, a man pulled up in a white Nissan pickup.

He offered her a ride, but she declined and said she was within walking distance of her house, police said.

The man then forced her into his truck. He then tied her hands in front of her with a rubber cord.

While he was driving, he tried to unbutton her blouse and told her that if she refused to cooperate, she would never get back. She resisted him, biting him in the right hand and working her bindings loose.

When the man slowed to turn onto Jasmine Drive off Mondon Hill Road, she jumped from the car and ran to a nearby house about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The abduction was the second such incident in Brooksville in about a week.

Melissa Cody, 26, of Brooksville pulled up to the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 50 in her car June 2, when a man with a gun forced her to drive to an isolated area where she was robbed and beaten by the man and a woman companion, police said.

Police do not think the incidents are related, Tincher said.