Police: Downtown kidnapping suspect had approached two other women

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are looking for a suspect who kidnapped a woman in Downtown Cincinnati and also approached two others not long before the offense.

Police say the victim was walking to her car in a parking garage at Seventh and Sycamore around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when the suspect forced her into her car and threatened to harm her if she didn't drive him to where he wanted to go. A short time later they arrived at the dead end of Dorothy Drive.

The suspect then began to fight with the victim, striking her several times. He robbed her and ran to a nearby wooded area. K-9 Units were called to the scene but investigators were unable to find the suspect.

Detectives working this case have also discovered two additional incidents at this location involving the same suspect.

Police say just minutes prior to the actual kidnapping offense, the suspect approached another victim and attempted to engage her in a conversation and possibly gain entry into her vehicle as she drove away.  A third woman was engaged in a conversation by the suspect at the garage approximately 20 minutes prior to the first two incidents. She made it to her vehicle and drove away without an offense occurring.

The suspect is described as a white male believed to be in his twenties. He is average height and build with lighter hair, possibly a strawberry blond color, short cut and spiked on top. He has blue eyes and a tattoo on the left side of his neck of a name that begins with the letter "L". The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Cincinnati Police say there are no security cameras in the garage that could have captured the offense. Police are increasing patrols in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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