Woman tells police man armed with knife forced his way into her car, then demanded she drive to ATM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are looking for a man who robbed and tried to rape a woman, after forcing his way into her car early Friday morning.

It happened at 39th Street and Harrison Avenue just after 5:30 a.m.

The woman told police she was sitting in her car in the Hyde Park neighborhood when a man armed with a knife jumped in, and forced her to drive off with him.

"If you are in your vehicle, if you are stopped somewhere make sure your doors are locked," said Sgt. Kari Thompson of the KCPD. "Make sure you are aware of your surroundings. If you have to park some place for a period of time make sure it’s a well-lit area."

The victim says the man tried to sexually assault her before forcing the victim to stop at three ATM machines to withdraw cash, possibly including one inside a convenience store at Armour Boulevard and Troost Avenue.

Police have told neighborhood crime watch leaders that the attacker talked to the victim as if he had been watching her, or knew her routine.

In alerts sent out to Midtown neighborhoods, police are describing the suspect as a black man with a dark hoodie. He was wearing a beanie style stocking cap with the word "PAIN" stitched into it.

"We are desperately looking for this individual," Thompson said. "Lots of our detectives are out right now canvassing the area. We’re hoping to get some information on what happened this morning. And why?"

Eventually the woman told police her attacker forced her to drive to Armour Boulevard and The Paseo, where he got out of her car and disappeared.

Police have told neighbors the suspect may roam the Troost corridor on the ATA bus system.

Detectives also are investigating a possible connection to a home invasion reported on Troost Avenue, where a similar suspect has been reported with a large knife.

Anyone with information that might help detectives should call the TIPS hotline, 816-474-8477.

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