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EXCLUSIVE: Student in Niles describes terrifying abduction

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NILES, Ohio - The victim of an armed robbery and abduction in a plaza next to the Eastwood Mall, is speaking out about her terrifying experience last week.

"I thought I was going to die, I really did, my life flashed before my eyes," the victim tells 21 News.

Niles police say they don't have a suspect in connection with the late night incident on October 9, but detectives are planning to review surveillance video and fingerprint evidence BCI is investigating.

The victim, who is keeping her identity private, is a student at Ross Medical School. She says she was approached by a man while walking to her car in the Great East Plaza that night after class at about 10 p.m.

"He came up from behind me and said 'excuse me', and I turned, and he had the gun and he said 'give me all your money," she says.

She says the man ordered her to drive to her nearby ATM and withdraw cash and claims he made her drop him off in the Great East Plaza, where he ran away.

"Even though he said he wasn't going to hurt me, I still thought he was going to kill me," the victim says.

The Eastwood Mall Complex offers security escorts for businesses, but the school did not request security according to Joe Bell, complex spokesperson. Bell describes the incident as unfortunate and hopes police can track down the suspect. 

Still, the victim says she's afraid to walk to her car while the suspect remains at-large and wants others to know they should be aware of their surroundings too.

"I didn't want it to happen to somebody else and something worse happen, I just thank God that I'm alive and here," she says.

The suspect is described as a white male with sandy-colored facial hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The victim says he was about 5'6 and weighs about 150 lbs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Niles police at 330-652-9944.


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