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FBI Joins Investigation into Possible Kidnapping at UTPA

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:02 PM

Updated: Sep 26, 2012 2:09 PM

EDINBURG - The FBI has joined the investigation into a possible kidnapping at the University of Texas-Pan American.

UTPA police said the incident happened at approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. They said there is no evidence of a continued threat to the campus.

Officials are asking the public to be on the lookout. A spokesperson refused to answer any other questions about the incident.

A call to Edinburg police revealed there are no reports of any missing persons. Still, the university sent an alert to law enforcement agencies asking them to be on the lookout for a silver car, possibly a Mercury Cougar.

A witness told university police that two men forced a woman into a car at parking lot T2 across from the education building.

There is no word yet on the identity of the alleged victim.

"That makes it even worse. I am kind of thinking ‘what if I go to class and it's one of my friends, one of my colleagues?' It's really scary. It could have been anyone," student Gabrielle Cano said.

The witness told police one of the men has a tattoo or birthmark on his left arm. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid to late 20s, 240 pounds and about 5 feet 8 inches in height.

The men are believed to be driving a silver and black car possibly a Mercury Cougar.

Anyone with information is asked to call UTPA police at 956-665-7151.

Topics: kidnapping, edinburg, investigation, fbi

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