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Va. police: Family of 4, friend kidnapped, robbed
Va. police: Masked man kidnapped, robbed family of 4, friend before leaving all in remote area
By The Associated Press

HERNDON, Va. (AP) ' Police are investigating a report that a family of four and a friend were kidnapped from the family's suburban Washington, D.C. apartment, robbed and left in a remote area.

Fairfax County police said a masked man on Thursday night entered a Herndon apartment, implied he had a gun, and ordered a woman, her teenage son and a toddler into a back room. Police say the man tied up the teen, and assaulted the father and friend after they entered.

Authorities say the man then ordered everyone into a car and demanded they drive to an ATM machine where he withdrew money. He ordered the father into the trunk and made the family friend drive to a secluded business park where all but the father were freed. Family members flagged down a passer-by who called police, and the father escaped from the trunk after the man fled. Police are searching for the suspect.

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