Man abducted at gunpoint in downtown S.F., forced to open bank account 

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San Francisco police are investigating a strange case of kidnapping where a 45-year-old man was abducted in San Francisco and after being forced to engage is some shady banking transactions was dropped off in Oakland, police said.

The victim was reportedly approached by an unknown woman in downtown San Francisco about 11 a.m. on March 10, who struck up a conversation with the victim, police Officer Albie Esparza said. While the two were talking, a man in his 20s approached and asked the victim if he could fix cars. The victim said yes, and walked over to the suspect's vehicle, a black SUV, where the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victim get in.

The suspect and his accomplices drove the victim to Oakland and he was taken to two banks in an effort to open an account with the suspect's money, Esparza said.

After opening an account, the kidnappers switched cars, Esparza said, and forced the victim into a black Chrysler and drove him back to San Francisco. Once there, they forced the victim to deposit checks at three banking locations into the account they had just opened.

After their banking business was finished, the suspects drove the victim to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station and left him there, Esparza said. The victim then took BART back to San Francisco.

The victim didn't report the crime until March 15th, Esparza said, because he was scared.

In all, there were four men involved in the kidnapping, Esparza said. Two of the suspects were men in their 20s and two were in their 50s. The woman who approached the victim is believed to be connected with the kidnappers.

The victim was not injured in the kidnapping and did not lose any of his own money in the ordeal. No arrests have been made.

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