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SLC woman saves self from attempted kidnapping, how she got away

Posted at 7:46 PM, Jun 30, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Police are searching for a man they say allegedly tried to kidnap a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint in Glendale.

It took place on Navajo Street and 1300 South around 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police say the victim, named Sahara, did everything you’re supposed to do when facing a life and death situation.

It all began when she was walking down the street from the bus stop, returning from a job interview, when she noticed a man in a car following close behind.

"He caught up to me when he was about a block away from my house and he said, 'get in the car' and I said, 'no' and he pulled out a gun and said, 'get in the car' and I called the cops," Sahara said. "I said I'm calling the cops so he got out of the car and I got my pepper spray out of my purse."

Sahara said she was afraid if she ran he would have shot her.

"He had put the gun away and said, 'I really don't want to shoot you, just get in the car,' and I said, 'if you don't want to shoot me then don't shoot me,'" Sahara said. "When he realized I was on the phone with the cops he got me and threw me into the door and I got my leg in the door so it wouldn't close, when he went to the other side I managed to pepper spray him as he was driving away."

Sahara suffered a bruise on her leg and cuts on her foot. She is recovering at home.

Police are actively looking for the suspect. He is being described as a Hispanic male, in his mid-30s, shaved head, average height and weight, wearing a green polo shirt.

The car is described as a small blue four door car. Anyone with information is being urged to call Salt Lake City Police at 799-3000.