Women Kidnapped in Two Separate Mission Incidents

The two cases were strikingly similar, and took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Capp Street at nighttime. (Photo: Ariel Dovas/Flickr)

Two eerily similar kidnapping cases took place early Sunday morning in the Mission District, between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. 

The first happened around 1 in the morning, as a 19-year-old woman was walking on 20th Street near Shotwell. A car filled with four suspects — two men and two women — trailed her, and she was dragged into the vehicle. She eventually escaped, and SFPD reports that she was unharmed.

Two hours later, at 3 a.m., a 17-year-old woman was stopped at 19th and Capp streets, when two men leaped out of a car, brandished a gun, and demanded she get into the vehicle. A female driver drove the car away from the scene, and the victim also managed to escape. 

SFPD writes that the female driver and one of the male suspects in the latter incident were arrested. Other than that, details are slim — but it should be noted that both 20th and Shotwell and 19th and Capp streets are corners that street-based sex workers often use find clients in the early hours of the morning. 

Officer Giselle Linnane told SF Weekly that the two incidents are unrelated.

 
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