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Bethlehem, PA — A 27-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say he tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint earlier this week.

According to police, Michael Arce approached the woman, identified as 42-year-old Sarah Brenner, as she was jogging Wednesday afternoon. Brenner told police Arce stepped in front of her and said, “I want to ask you something.” She said she got scared and tried to go around him, but Arce pulled out a gun and grabbed her arm.

Brenner reported that when she screamed for help, Arce said, “Don’t make a fuss or I will kill you.” She said he then put her in the back seat of his BMW and hit the child-safety lock as he got into the front seat.

It was right about then that Arce’s wife, Ana Arce, pulled up next to his vehicle and questioned him about the woman in the back seat. Arce reportedly told his wife that he was simply giving Brenner a ride, police said, and unlocked the back door to let Brenner out. Brenner, uninjured, fled the scene.

Witnesses reported the attempted abduction to police, and when Officer Robert Toronzi arrived on scene, Ana was apparently still in the vicinity. When Toronzi asked if she was all right and whether she had she seen “any disturbances in the area,” Ana replied she was fine and had not seen anything out of the ordinary. Toronzi then received word that Brenner was in a nearby restaurant.

Brenner provided police with a description of the alleged kidnapper, and Arce was soon picked up at his home…just two blocks away from where he’d tried to abduct the woman. Police have reported that Arce did not know Brenner.

He’s been charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and simple assault with a deadly weapon. Bail has been set at $500,000.

Sounds a little hinky, eh? I, for one, am looking forward to hearing a little more on this one.

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