An Albany woman was abducted this morning, driven around the Capital Region and beaten, police said. The ordeal finally ended when she escaped the car trunk she was being held in.
The investigation began this morning at around 8 a.m. when Schenectady Police were called to Ellis Hospital for a 28-year-old woman who had been severely beaten.
The woman told police she was abducted from her apartment on Elk Street in Albany earlier and driven in a minivan to Troy, where she was beaten.
At some point, she freed herself by kicking out a van window, but was quickly grabbed again by the suspects and forced into the trunk of a car.
She was then driven to Schenectady, where she was able to get the trunk open, jump out and flag down a passing motorist. The motorist let her in the car and drove her to the hospital.
The car was found by police near Ninth Avenue and Mont Pleasant Street. They also spotted the van with the smashed-out window being driven by three women near Crane Street and 10th Avenue.
When they caught up with the van, it was parked and abandoned. Officers spotted them walking on a sidewalk and they were taken into custody after a brief chase.
The woman suffered multiple fractures to her face, as well as cuts to her face, arms and hands. She is being treated at Ellis Hospital.
The three women found with the van are being questioned in Schenectady. Both vehicles were towed to Albany as evidence.
The incident remained under investigation.