Elderly kidnapping victim taken from KC to STL area escapes; suspects still at-large

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JENNINGS, Mo. -- A 67-year-old man managed to escape a pair of kidnappers Thursday afternoon almost 250 miles from where he was taken at gunpoint. The victim told officers with the St. Louis County Police Department, City of Jennings detail that at 5:30 on Thursday morning the suspects assaulted him in Kansas City, and then took him and his van to different banks and made him withdrawal money.

The victim was finally able to escape at about 1 p.m. in the 5600 block of Jennings Station Road according to a press release from the department. While the victim is free, the suspects still have his van, described as an orange/red 1998 Chevrolet 1500 van with Missouri license plates: SF6 U0W. The van was last seen in Jennings and has running boards, a gold pin stripe and red steel rims.

The first suspect is described as a black male who is 20 years old, wearing a gray or blue baseball cap. The second suspect is also a black male, approximately 25-30 years old and was wearing a dark blue shirt, jeans and had a ski mask.

Earlier on Thursday the victim's wife called KCPD to file a missing person's report, saying she thought her husband had left for work at 6 a.m., but saw his work truck in their driveway when she woke up at 9 a.m. Officers went to investigate at the couple's home in the 12200 block of Prospect, but didn't find him after searching inside and outside the home with K9s.

Hours later both the wife and local authorities were informed about the victim's escape, and he's said to be in good condition. A KCPD detective is traveling across Missouri to bring him home, and police say the investigation is ongoing.

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