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Police: Man forced Gainesville woman to drive him to Atlanta
Police still searching for Hispanic man who brandished a gun
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A Gainesville woman was kidnapped Thursday night from a local gas station and forced to drive about 45 miles toward Atlanta before the suspect fled, Gainesville Police said.

The incident began at the QuikTrip on West Ridge Road when a Hispanic male hijacked Sandra Zavala and forced her to drive him using her vehicle, said Joe Britte, public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department.

The suspect is described as being about 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a baby blue T-shirt, blue jeans and a navy hat with a yellow Polo symbol.

Kevin Holbrook, also a public information officer for Gainesville Police, said Zavala was at the air pump filling her tires when the man approached her with a black gun and forced his way into the vehicle.

Britte said the suspect forced Zavala to drive to Ga. 400. Zavala told police the man disassembled her cell phone and threw it out of the vehicle near exit 7 of Ga. 400.

At the Northridge Road exit, Zavala told the man she was low on fuel.

"She stated that he jumped out of the vehicle as she was exiting 400 and ran off," Britte said.

Police are still looking for the suspect, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Gainesville Police Department at 770-534-5252.

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