Man pulled from cab, forced into car in west Phoenix

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The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. By Jennifer Thomas The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. By Jennifer Thomas
The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. By Jennifer Thomas The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. By Jennifer Thomas
The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. The suspect vehicle is a maroon early-2000 Mitsubishi Galant with a partial Arizona plate of ADY. By Jennifer Thomas The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped. The suspect vehicle is a maroon early-2000 Mitsubishi Galant with a partial Arizona plate of ADY. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a man who possibly was kidnapped while trying to take a cab.

According to police, a man called for a taxi at the Dairy Queen near Camelback Road and 75th Avenue at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 31.

Detective James Holmes said after the man entered the taxi, a car pulled in front of the cab, preventing it from leaving.

Holmes said a man began yelling at the victim in Spanish. The suspect physically removed the victim from the cab, placed him in a headlock and forced him into the car, which was driven by a second suspect. The vehicle then left north on 75th Avenue.

Holmes said no weapons were seen, but the suspect who removed the victim from the cab kept one of his hands in his pocket the entire time, leading witnesses to believe he was concealing a weapon.

The victim is described as a 40- to 50-year-old Hispanic man, 5 feet to 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build, a beard and a mustache.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build and a thin mustache. The driver is described as a Hispanic male between 17 and 20 years old.

The suspect vehicle is a maroon early-2000 Mitsubishi Galant with a partial Arizona plate of ADY.

Anyone with information should call the Phoenix Police Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Any caller can remain anonymous.