Armed men break into Apple Tree Court home, abduct man, steal car

Saturday, August 9, 2014 | 11:14 a.m. CDT; updated 4:23 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 9, 2014

COLUMBIA — A man was abducted from a residence early Saturday morning after three to five men wearing masks and armed with handguns broke in looking for cash and found none, according a Columbia Police news release.

The release said the male victim, 31, was inside a residence at the 200 block of Apple Tree Court with a woman, 22, and a boy, 13, when the home invasion occurred.

After failing to find any money in the residence, the gun-toting robbers forced the man into the trunk of the woman's rental vehicle which was parked outside and drove away, the release said.  He told police a few of the suspects stayed behind with the woman and boy at the Apple Tree Court residence.

The man told police he escaped the vehicle's trunk near the intersection of West Boulevard and Broadway. As he escaped, one of his assailants fired a shot at him, but he was uninjured by it. Police were dispatched at 4:39 a.m. to the 1100 block of Sunset Lane and found the man, injured, in the backyard of a residence, according to the release.

Officers were dispatched to the Apple Tree Court home, but the suspects had fled on foot by the time they arrived. Neither the woman nor the boy were injured, the release said.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. The woman's car is still missing.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman

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