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94-year-old Arizona woman frees herself from attempted kidnap after seven hours locked in boot of car

The elderly woman was locked in the boot of her own car by a man, who then drove the car to a nearby shopping complex and parked it there.

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A 94-YEAR-OLD Arizona woman freed herself from the boot of her car hours after she was abducted from her condominium by a man who put her in the boot, drove the car away and parked it at a shopping mall, police said today.

The woman’s ordeal began early yesterday when the man in his 30s forced his way into her home in the suburb of Scottsdale, said police spokesman Sergeant Ben Hoster.

The man tied the woman up, put her in the boot of her four-door sedan and drove it a short distance to the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Hoster said.

The unidentified woman spent about seven hours in the boot until she managed to free herself. A passer-by saw her and called 911. The woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, but Hoster declined to comment on whether she suffered injuries during her ordeal.

Hoster also would not say whether the woman knew her kidnapper, how she freed herself from the boot or if anything was stolen during the abduction. He said the investigation was still in its early stages.

Brian Czupek, who lives in the same complex as the victim, was walking home from the mall yesterday afternoon when he saw police vehicles in the parking lot and officers with the victim.

“I thought someone was getting busted for something. I didn’t know it was a kidnapping,” Czupek said.

He realized the connection to his neighbourhood when he saw the woman’s home roped off with police tape.

Most residents of the complex are retired people who stay in Arizona during the winter, Czupek said.

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