SIUE student kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from ATM

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 5:00 PM

(KMOV) – Police are investigating after a Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville student was robbed at gunpoint and kidnapped from campus late Wednesday night.

According to authorities, a student was walking in the Prairie Hall parking lot around 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by a man while getting into his car.

The student said two more people, a black female and another unknown person wearing a white mask, then blindfolded him and drove him around for two hours before coming to an ATM in the 400 block of University Drive.

Once at the ATM, the suspects ordered the victim at gunpoint to withdraw all of the money in his account.

After the victim complied, all three suspects fled in a silver or white Pontiac.

The victim was recovered on Lewis Drive in Edwardsville.

Police say that there is a camera at the ATM which they believe captured the suspects.  

The victim says that while he was being driven around for two hours the suspects were asking him specific questions about something. Police would not say what the questions were.

The SIUE police chief says that they do not think it was a random crime and believe the victim was targeted.

SIUE police are offering to escort any students who are scared, nervous about walking to class.

The investigation is ongoing.

No additional details have been released.

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