Niles police to review video

NILES – City police said they are hoping a video surveillance recording will help move along their investigation into the robbery and abduction of a woman at the Great East Plaza parking lot last week.

Niles police Capt. Ken Criswwell said that as of Thursday police had no suspects. He said investigators plan to review the surveillance video once they obtain it from the bank where the woman said she was forced to transport a gunman, withdraw money from the ATM and hand it over to him on Oct. 9.

Meanwhile, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the woman’s vehicle for DNA and fingerprints and Criswell said his department is waiting for those results as well.

The woman told police she was abducted from the Great East Plaza parking lot after leaving her class at the Ross Medical Educational Center. The woman told police she had placed her book bag in the trunk of her car when a male brandishing a black handgun approached her and demanded money.

When the woman told the male she didn’t have any cash on her, he demanded that she take him to the bank, which is in front of the Eastwood Mall near Youngstown Road, reports state. The woman said she told the gunman she only had $40 in the bank, reports state. She drove him to the Chase Bank and withdrew the $40 from the automated-teller machine.

The gunman told the woman to take him to Lone Star Steakhouse and drop him off. He then ran on foot back toward the Ross Medical School and the Save-A-Lot parking lot. The woman drove to the Panera Bread parking lot where she called police.

She told police she was unable to get a good look at the gunman’s face or hair because he was wearing a hoodie the entire time. She also stated that she was held against her will the entire time and there was no point when she was able to leave.

The gunman was described as having “sandy” colored facial hair. The woman told police he spoke with an accent, possibly Spanish. He was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants, she said.