California police are investigating a possible kidnapping after a doorbell camera captured a woman’s desperate screams on Tuesday night.
According to KTLA 5, police responded to the 3800 block of Third Avenue in Leimert Park at around 11 p.m. after a homeowner in the neighborhood reported the incident.
For 30 seconds, an unknown woman screamed in a blood-curdling pitch. A resident’s Ring video caught the sounds, followed by a car driving away with the woman. The homeowner said she heard a man’s voice apologizing before the car drove off.
Aside from the security footage, authorities couldn’t find any other evidence that a crime had taken place. On Wednesday, they continued their investigation, talking to numerous neighbors in the area, but so far, the woman’s identity remains unclear.
According to NBC Los Angeles, witnesses said it appeared that the woman was in a white four-door Toyota Prius hatchback with possible plastic wrap covering the front passenger side window. Another witness said that a man in the driver’s appeared to be pulling the woman’s hair, who was seated in the passenger seat.
“I saw a car and I heard a girl screaming for help,” one witness said. “They guy was telling her, ‘Oh I’m sorry, I told you I’m sorry.’ And then he kind of just drove off with her.”
The witness said the scream sounded “panicky,” as if the woman was being held against her will in the car.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact LAPD at 213-485-6570.
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[Feature Photo: Ring security footage via KTLA5]