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Police: Man tried to grab victim, drag her into van during attempted abduction in Tallahassee

Used money stolen from victim to bail girlfriend out of jail
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Posted at 10:33 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 11:03:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested a 45-year-old man after they say he tried to abduct a woman from the Capital Plaza shopping center on Thomasville Road.

At approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, TPD officers responded to the parking lot of 1802 Thomasville Road to investigate a robbery and possible attempted kidnapping.

The victim and witnesses reported the victim walked out of a business in the shopping plaza and was walking back to her car when the suspect came out of a parked van and grabbed her.

Police say it appeared the suspect was attempting to pull the victim into the van. However, the victim fought back and the suspect drove away in the van after taking her purse.

Witnesses were able to provide police a description, tag number, and direction of travel for the vehicle. The tag was registered to a business in Thomasville, GA.

The business owner was cooperative and Tallahassee Police investigators were able to identify 45-year-old Warrick Lee as the suspect.

While the investigation was ongoing, TPD says Lee went to the Thomasville Jail and tried to use the money obtained in the robbery to bail his girlfriend out. He was detained and Tallahassee Police investigators went to Thomasville to interview him.

Based on the evidence, Lee was charged with robbery and attempted kidnapping. Lee is currently in custody in Thomasville awaiting extradition to Leon County.

"The Tallahassee Police Department would like to thank the witnesses who were willing to get involved and provide the critical information which led to the successful outcome of this case," police wrote in a release. "This is an example of how valuable witness testimony at the scene is in our efforts to prevent and solve crime."

TPD also thanked the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Real Time Crime Center, Georgia State Patrol and Thomasville Police Department for their assistance.