Surveillance video shows vehicle connected to attempted kidnapping of jogger

- Police have released surveillance video in hopes of finding the suspect who attempted to abduct a female jogger in St. Pete, they say.

St. Petersburg police say they want to speak with the driver of an orange Hyundai Veloster seen in surveillance video. The video shows the vehicle circling the area at around the same time the attempted abduction occurred on Coffee Pot Boulevard NE on February 7 before 6 a.m.

That day, a 23-year-old St. Pete woman nearly became a kidnapping victim. She says an orange car pulled up next to her as she was jogging and the driver asked for directions. Then he pulled out a gun, and demanded she get into the car.

“I was just in shock and I said, ‘No,’ and I sprinted in the opposite direction he was driving,” she told FOX 13 News. “I was sprinting away thinking, ‘This guy is going to shoot me.’”

Police have not said whether the vehicle seen in surveillance video is the suspected vehicle. At the time of the incident, they described the suspect as a black man with dreadlocks wearing a black t-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

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