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2 Men Impersonate Police, Attempt to Kidnap Patron at Long Island City Car Dealership: NYPD

via DCPI

Dec. 28, 2018 By Meghan Sackman

Police are searching for two men that attempted to kidnap a 28-year-old man from a Hyundai dealership in Long Island City earlier this month.

The two suspects entered the 34-54 44th St. dealership at around 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 12, where the victim was waiting for his vehicle to be serviced, police said.

Jose Santiago-Cruz (via DCPI)

The duo then sprayed the 28-year-old with an unidentified substance, told him he was under arrest for being a fugitive and tried to take him out of the dealership in handcuffs.

But the victim struggled and fought off the attempted kidnappers, who then fled from the scene in a 2012 gray Dodge Caravan and headed west on Northern Boulevard.

One of the two men has been identified as 40-year-old Jose Santiago-Cruz. He is described as Hispanic, with a height of 5 feet 6 inches, weighing 200 pounds, and with dark colored hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


Hyundai Long Island City at 34-54 44th St. (Google Maps)

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