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Video of possible abduction outside Virginia Target store was 'misunderstanding,' police say

Police: Video shows passenger get out, grab woman and put her in SUV's trunk
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Posted at 9:18 AM, Aug 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-22 23:37:19-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Authorities said all involved in what appeared to be an abduction outside a Virginia Target store have been located and called the incident a "misunderstanding" Saturday morning.

Police were called to the Target store at 201 Perimeter Drive in Midlothian for a report of a suspicious incident just after 9:20 p.m. Friday

"Police viewed surveillance video which shows a female approaching a medium size, newer model, white Mazda," Lt. F. Kevin Lee said. "A passenger exits the vehicle, grabs the female, and places her in the trunk of the vehicle."

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That SUV, which was stopped outside the front of the store, then drives off, video shows.

Police told WTVR CBS 6 around 9:40 a.m. that everyone involved was located and called the incident a "misunderstanding" after officers were contacted with information about the female's identity.

"Police were able to locate her; she is safe and unharmed," Lt. Jessica Sidell said. "Police were able to speak with the other persons involved and determine that no abduction occurred."

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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