Police investigating kidnapping of MPD officer walking home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police are investigating the kidnapping of one of their own as the officer was walking home early Sunday morning.

The victim, 31-year-old Latoya McCoy, told police she was walking home from Celtic Crossing in Cooper Young while on the phone with her boyfriend when a man pulled up next to her in a silver van at Poplar and Hollywood.

She said the man got out of the van, grabbed her and put a knife to her neck.

At one point, McCoy said she thought the man had stabbed her.

The woman said she fought back until he was able to push her into the van.

With the knife still to her neck, McCoy said the suspect began to drive south on Hollywood.

In a police report, she said she tried to give her location via her Bluetooth headset, but he realized what was happening, grabbed it from her and threw it out the driver's side window.

Due to the things he said, the woman figured out the man planned to take her over the bridge to Arkansas.

As the van was on I-55 approaching the bridge, the woman was able to jump from the van, but not before she said the man "pulled out a portion of her hair."

The suspect started to chase the victim, but by that time truckers in the area had seen what was going on and yelled at the man to leave her alone.

The woman has suffered injuries to hands, back, feet and elbows.



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