A 20-year-old Lawrence man who planned to spend Saturday at Clinton Lake was forced into the passenger seat of his car by an armed man, driven to Kansas City and dropped off on Interstate 29.
The unidentified victim told Douglas County officials that he stopped at 9:30 a.m. at the Clinton State Park entrance, 798 N. 1415 Road, to use the pay phone. When he got back into his Dodge Omni, before closing the door, a man pressed a black, automatic handgun against him and ordered him to move over.
The suspect, who reportedly had "Molly" tattooed on the right side of his neck, took the wheel and kept the gun displayed as he drove to the Kansas City area.
"At an unknown location on I-29, the suspect stopped the car and told the victim to get out, which the victim did probably pretty happily at that point," said Lt. Kathy Tate, Douglas County Sheriff spokesperson.
After the suspect drove away, a driver picked up the victim and drove him to the Kansas City, Mo., bus station.
"The victim told us that from there he called the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and an officer listened to his information and said, 'It didn't occur in Kansas City, you have to go back to Douglas County,'" Tate said.
Kansas City police supervisors on duty Saturday night said they had not heard of the incident.
The victim called a family member, who picked him up and drove him to the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center, where a report was filed at 6:53 p.m. Police were investigating the incident Saturday night.
The alleged hijacker is described as a Hispanic male, about 35 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 210 pounds with a mustache, goatee and dark hair reaching the middle of his back. He was wearing a black shirt with a large, orange first-aid cross on the front, a gold necklace, blue jeans and black Dr. Martens boots.
Police are looking for the suspect and the white, 1990, four-door Dodge Omni with red interior, Kansas plate 0XE413. Anyone with information is urged to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Department at 841-0007.