CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS)–Camden Police are hoping surveillance video will help them catch two brazen criminals who attempted to abduct a woman, Tuesday morning, less than a block from City Hall, by stuffing her into a trash can.
According to police, on the morning of January 21st, two black males approximately 5'10" to 6'0" tall, dressed in dark robes and head coverings, entered the Zoujati Salon on N. 6th Street where the victim was opening the store by herself.
The suspects then allegedly showed the woman that they had a weapon and forced her into a trash can.
Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson says, "They stick her into a trash can, they had brought one of those large 55 gallon trash cans, and then wheeled the can out front."
But police say as they began pushing the trash can with the victim inside towards a white van, something spooked the abductors and they took off, leaving the woman who suffered minor injuries still in the container.
Thomson says, "It doesn't even appear that robbery is a motive in this. No money was ever demanded nor was any money taken."
Outside the salon, less than a block from Camden's city hall, word of the attempted abduction brought angry reactions.
Destiny Nash says, "I'm so sick and tired of helpless people getting taken advantage of like that."
The suspects took off in a van described as a white 2009 or newer Chevrolet Express 1500 cargo van with tinted windows and stolen Pennsylvania license plates: JLJ 6784.
It's believed the van, driven by the criminals, headed over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia.
Police say they believe the van is probably parked on a street corner in Philadelphia.
Police say they still do not know what frightened the two suspects, but it was very fortunate.
Detectives say there was no evidence of robbery and, for now, the motive behind the attempted abduction remains a mystery.
Anyone with information should call the CCPD tip line at: 856-757-7042.
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