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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 4, 2010

Woman kidnapped while chasing after purse thieves

Advertiser Staff

Two women took matters into their own hands and one of them wound up being kidnapped Wednesday when their purses were snatched while they were eating about 4:30 p.m. in the food court at Ala Moana Center.

The women, ages 25 and 27, told police that two girls, who appeared to be 16 to 18 years old, grabbed the purses off their chairs and ran to a waiting four-door sedan.

Police said the two women chased the purse snatchers and that one of the victims jumped into the getaway vehicle behind the two girls.

At that point, a boy, estimated to be 17 to 18 years old, got in behind her, blocking her escape, the woman told police.

The car drove off and the woman said the two girls assaulted her in the car. She was released some distance from the shopping center and called police from a nearby home.

Police said the woman had minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

The other woman, who stayed behind at the shopping center, was not injured, police said.