Port St. Lucie police working reported abduction of couple

Published: Dec. 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM EST
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PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Port St. Lucie police continue to investigate a reported abduction where the captors took a husband and wife at gunpoint from their Southwest Broadview Street home on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Master Sgt. Frank Sabol said, "There is no evidence of a hoax, but its sort of bizarre, and we are investigating."

Sabol says police were notified about 3:30 Thursday afternoon about a man who claimed he and his wife were kidnapped on Wednesday at their home. "They wanted money that he doesn't have," Sabol said of the captors.

According to Sabol, the man claims he and his wife were blindfolded by two to three male captors around 6:30 Wednesday night and taken to a home or building out of the area.

The man says the suspects brought him back to Port St. Lucie Thursday afternoon and dropped him off in the area of St. James Drive.

Police say the suspects apparently thought the man was involved in a business in which he was not.

He says they kept the woman and demanded that he get them a certain amount of money. "This type of crime is highly unusual anywhere in the country, especially here in Port St. Lucie," Sabol said. "Once we received the complaint from one of the victims, we were working vigorously to locate the second victim."

Sabol says the captors released the woman about 145 miles north of Port St. Lucie in Port Orange on Friday afternoon around 3:30.

Port St. Lucie detectives intend on interviewing her to learn more, he said. "We're just extremely thankful she was located in good health," Sabol said.

According to Sabol, no arrests have been made, and the suspects have not yet been identified. He said the man did not know his captors and that investigators do not believe this incident to be drug-related.

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