Authorities are hoping the public can help identify and track down a woman who may have been kidnapped by an armed man while trying to board a bus in East Los Angeles on Monday.

The woman was boarding a Montebello Transit bus in the 3800 block of East Third Street at about 8:38 p.m. when she was “confronted from behind” by a man, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Surveillance footage shows a passenger and the bus driver tried to step in to help, but the man broke a window on the bus and pointed a handgun at the driver, then “appeared to coerce the female into” a nearby white Honda Civic, authorities said.

The man then drove off east on Third Street to the 60 Freeway.

East L.A. Bus Stop Possible Kidnapping
LASD released surveillance images of the suspect (left) and the woman who was possibly kidnapped (right). May 23, 2023. (LASD)

Deputies are searching for the woman, man, and the Civic, which they believe is a four-door car possibly from the 2022 model year.

The woman is believed to be in her mid-20s and to be about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and 130 pounds with brown hair.

The man, also believed to be in his mid-20s, is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and between 170 and 190 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Major Crimes Bureau Tip Line at 562-946-7893 or the East Los Angeles Sheriff Station at 323-264-4151.

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