94-year-old woman escapes trunk of her car after kidnapping

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A 94-year-old Arizona woman is in stable condition in the hospital after she was kidnapped during a home invasion and left in the trunk of her car, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

A 94-year-old woman was kidnapped during a home invasion, then left to die in the trunk of her car early Tuesday, Scottsdale police said.

Police said the woman was taken at 6 a.m. from her home near 68th Street and Camelback Road after a man knocked on the door and forced his way into her residence.

The intruder tied the woman up and placed her in the trunk of her own car. He then drove it across the street to a shopping complex before abandoning it in the parking lot, police said.

The elderly woman was stuck in the trunk for approximately seven hours on an overcast day, which likely saved her life. At around 1:30 p.m., police said a passerby finally noticed her predicament and called 9-1-1. The woman was then transported to the hospital, where she is under evaluation.

The Scottsdale Police Department said they are still in the early stages of the investigation and will provide additional updates as they become available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Scottsdale police at 480-312-5000

Brian Czupek, who lives in the same complex as the victim, told reporters that he was walking home from the mall Tuesday afternoon when he saw police vehicles in the parking lot and officers convened with the victim.

“I thought someone was getting busted for something. I didn’t know it was a kidnapping,” he recalled. When he saw the woman’s home roped off with police tape, he realized what had happened and that it took place in his apartment complex.

Czupek noted that most of his neighbors are retired people who stay in Arizona during the winter.

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