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28-year-old nurse safe after being abducted, robbed Saturday night

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Detectives with The Birmingham Police Department are conducting a Kidnapping-Robbery investigation.  The incident took place at approximately 6:45pm on Saturday, July 13, at 701 Tuscaloosa Avenue in the parking lot of BMC Princeton Hospital.

The victim, a 28-year-old W/F nurse, was abducted in the parking lot of her place of employment and forced to drive her vehicle by an unknown armed B/M suspect.  The suspect forced the victim to drive to several ATM machines to withdraw money.  The victim was released unharmed at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the Avondale area.

A 30-year-old male suspect has been taken into custody; however, he has not been formally charged. This appears to be an isolated incident.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, they are encouraged to contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

Statement from Princeton Baptist Medical Center:

"Baptist Health System and the staff at Princeton Baptist Medical Center are grateful for the safe resolution of the parking lot abduction on Saturday evening, July 13. While these types of incidents are prevalent in our society, we are fortunate that it is a rare occurrence at Princeton. Our employee is resting comfortably at home and in conversations with Baptist leadership earlier today, she has expressed support for the current security protocols that are in place at Princeton. She will avoid walking alone in the future, which is a  good practice no matter where you work.

"Safety for patients, families, visitors, volunteers and employees always has and always will be a top priority for Baptist Health System. Even with the presence of highly trained security officers, the 24/7 availability of security escorts, a wide network of video surveillance, and other measures in place, this incident occurred and is a strong reminder to all of us. No matter where we are, we must be aware of our surroundings, travel in groups when possible, use security escorts, report suspicious behavior and remain alert at all times.  

"We continually assess our security needs, and implement enhancements that become available through emerging technologies, and that won't change. We do anticipate an increase in the use of security escorts and will staff appropriately. Our thanks to the Birmingham Police Department who responded in force, and has already made an arrest in the case."

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