Investigators are tracking down two men who pistol-whipped and kidnapped a 76-year-old woman in a South Bay Church Wednesday evening before driving her home, then to a strip mall where the suspects left her in her car.
The victim walked to a nearby buisness after the incident to seek help at around 8:53 p.m. in the 1400 block of E. 8th street, according to National City Police lt. Derek Aydelotte.
The suspects were seen fleeing the area on foot, according to police.
The victim was confronted at gunpoint by two strangers inside the International Church of Praise at 1341 E. 8th Street in National City. The two suspects are described as black males.
While inside the church, the victim was pistol-whipped in the face, which caused injury then the suspect forced the victim into her car which was parked outside. According to police, the suspects demanded the victim’s home address, and she was driven to that location in the City of San Diego, but nobody exited the vehicle.
At that point, the men took the woman back to National City, parked at a strip mall about a mile east of the site of the kidnapping, got out of the vehicle, and fled on foot. The victim then sought help.
Paramedics that arrived at the scene treated her for minor facial injuries she endured during the assault at the church. Police have no detailed descriptions of the abductors, and the motivation for the crimes was unknown.
The National City Police Department is asking and encouraging anyone who may have information related to this investigation to contact the National City Police Department Investigations Division at 619.336.4460. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888.580.8477.