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Investigation Continues into Alleged Kidnapping at UTPA

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 4:25 PM

Updated: Sep 26, 2012 5:20 PM

EDINBURG - Students at the University of Texas-Pan American on Wednesday spoke about an alleged kidnapping on campus.

Many of the students said they don't feel safe after Tuesday's incident. They said they need more information about the woman allegedly abducted.

University police on Tuesday reported the possible kidnapping of a woman. They said a witness saw the alleged victim being forced into a car.

"It's really scary ... I don't even want to be here right now. Where was the security?" student Gabriella Cano said. "That was my first thought. Where was the security?"

She uses the same parking lot where the incident occurred. Campus police blocked off the parking lot while they conducted the investigation.

A witness told police two men forced a woman into a car at approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on parking lot T2.

Some of the students learned about the news through the university's alert system. Others found out through television reports of fellow classmates.

The FBI joined UTPA police in the search for the men and the alleged victim.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to this other student ... it's very unfortunate. I heard it was by force," a student said.

"I hope they find her, I hope she's okay. I really do. Because it's really dangerous to be here at night," another student said.

UTPA released few details about the incident or the alleged victim.

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