TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police hope new surveillance video and an increased reward will lead them to the man who robbed and kidnapped a woman in South Tampa over the weekend.
Police released new video on Monday that gives a more detailed look at the suspected kidnapper.
The owners of nearby restaurants Green Lemon, Daily Eats and Ciccio’s on Monday added $3,000 to the previous reward of $3,000 that was being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Police say it happened on Saturday morning in the 900 block of South Howard Avenue, which is where the popular businesses Daily Eats and Green Lemon are located.
Police say the woman was returning to her car around 2:10 a.m. after socializing with friends when the unidentified man came up behind her and struck her in the head. She lost consciousness, was robbed and moved from the scene, but they don’t know exactly what was taken.
“A male suspect approached her, violently hit her, pushed her inside the vehicle, and drove away with her inside the car. He robbed the victim and then left her inside the vehicle,” said Janelle McGregor, Tampa Police Department spokesperson.
The attack has residents and people who work in the area concerned.
“Biggest concern is how brazen it was to do it right here. There is a lot of foot traffic here. It is pretty well lit. There are people walking up and down here all the time so it’s a little concerning,” said Kevin O’Brien, who works in SoHo.
Police say the woman is safe now with minor injuries.
The suspect is described as a heavy set black male, with short hair and a beard, last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark athletic shoes.
A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect involved in this case.
The reward was originally $3,000, but was increased to $6,000 on Monday. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online.
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