SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A 94-year-old woman escaped from the trunk of a car after she was abducted from her Scottsdale home Tuesday, according to police.
The Scottsdale Police Department said a man forced entry into the woman's home near Camelback Road and 68th Street around 6 a.m. The suspect bound the woman, placed her in the trunk of her car and drove off.
Around 1:30 p.m., police said, the 94-year-old was able to free herself from the trunk of the car, which was parked at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. The woman told a passerby, who then called the police.
Police describe the suspect as a “clean-cut” white male in his mid-30s.
"A policeman came to my door and asked if I had heard about the robbery," said Connie Conradi.
Conradi has been the woman's friend and neighbor for more than 25 years.
"I wish I could talk to her," Conradi said. "I'm sure she's traumatized. It's a terrible experience."
"A male subject came to the victim's apartment and knocked on the door and forced his way into the apartment," said Sgt. Ben Hoster from the Scottsdale Police Department. "Our victim was then bound and she was placed into the trunk of her own car and driven away from the property."
Conradi said she was amazed her neighbor was able to make her way out of the trunk.
"I am so impressed that she found her way out of the trunk," Conradi said. "I don't know how she did it but think it's wonderful and I'm very proud of her."
The investigation is ongoing. Police are using tips and security camera footage to try to track down the suspect.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000.