Police are looking for two gunmen who abducted a man from a city park in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon and released him about two hours later.
“Other than being shaken up, he was unharmed,” Springfield Sgt. Jeff Williams said late Wednesday night.
The abducted man, who is in his late 20s, was taken from Rose Street Park and then to his residence on Johnny Lytle Avenue, said Williams and Lt. Jeff Meyer.
The man had gone to the park, about five blocks from his residence, to visit with friends. He was parking his vehicle when he said the gunmen forced him into a silver Chevy Impala, Williams said.
What is not clear is whether the captors followed the man to the park or were there waiting for him, Williams said. The incident at the park occurred maybe an hour before police learned about it, the sergeant said.
Police were alerted at about 4 p.m., when an adult called police to report that several children apparently walked into the house, saw the three men, and were abruptly told to leave, Williams said.
Whether the children saw guns was not immediately clear, Williams and Meyer said.
Before police could get to the residence, all three had fled and the captors took the man to several more addresses in the area.
One was on North Belmont Avenue in the city. Because the investigation is fluid, Williams declined to say what the victim told police about where else he was taken.
Once he was released, the man flagged down a passing motorist and used her cell phone to call someone for a ride home. Police were there when he arrived at about 6 p.m., Williams said.
He told police the kidnapping was about money and denied the incident had anything to do with drugs. He also told police he didn’t know his captors, whom he described as black and in their mid to late 20s.
Meyer said the victim told police that one of his captors was armed with a black handgun and the other had a chrome handgun.
“We’re looking at everything,” Williams said when asked whether police believe the victim’s explanation as to why he was taken. “So far, that seems to be the case,” the sergeant said.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is involved as well with police, who are also looking for the Impala.