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Why this Chester community is on high alert

Possible abduction in Chester puts area on high alert
Posted at 11:42 PM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 07:26:51-04

CHESTER, Va. -- Law enforcement experts said when there are reports about suspicious activity, police treat every threat as a real one.

"If someone is strong enough to abduct someone in broad daylight, then they could do it to me and the kids," Crystal Lee said.

Lee is homeless and scared. She, her two young children and her husband have fallen on hard times. They’re living day to day on a busy stretch of Route 10 in Chester.

On that same stretch, police said a woman witnessed a car making a hard right into a parking lot Tuesday morning around 9:20, saw a man get out of the car and then force a woman into it.

"I think we are gonna try and sticking together more,” said Lee. “We have to."

Police said the witness described the man as heavy-set, and possibly white or Hispanic. The woman, according to the witness, was Hispanic or Asian with black hair and was wearing a green shirt.

Crime Insider sources said detectives scoured the area for hours Tuesday, looking at every angle of security footage.

Two convenience store workers said it happened on the sidewalk and out of sight of their cameras, putting everyone there on high alert.

"Everything is getting crazier and crazier,” said Lee. “This world has gone to hell in a hand basket."

The area is very close to Interstate 95 and the witness told police the car was headed in that direction.