A Texas man who was ambushed and thrown into the trunk of a car trunk managed to escape almost certain death. Police said had he not gotten away, they probably would have been dealing with a homicide.
On Saturday, the victim, who works as a contractor, was enticed into going to a supposed job site at a damaged house. Once inside the home, two masked men hiding in the closet hit him, stripped him naked, and tied his hands and legs.
Police said the suspects then tried to extort thousands of dollars from the victim’s family but when it did not work, they put him in the trunk of their car and drove to the Greenspoint area.
Investigators said the man was able to escape by pulling the release latch on the trunk. He leaped from the trunk and ran to the closest house for help.
He’d been trapped with his abductors for nearly eight hours by the time he managed to break free.
The victim jumped over a fence in a residential area, where he tapped on the back window of a home and asked a woman for help.
“He said, ‘Help me. Call 911 and that was all,’” the resident said. “I didn’t know he was naked until they came and got him out of the backyard. I am glad he got away.”
Authorities said the kidnapping was planned in advance and the suspects have probably done something similar before. Police later found the car used in kidnapping was on fire down the street. The suspects stole the victim’s car and escaped.
Anyone with any information on the case is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.