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San Marcos Police looking for kidnapping, assault suspects

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Police are searching for three men they believe kidnapped a woman and her child.

"That's the loudest thing you hear and of course there's construction down the road and then there's 35 right there," said San Marcos resident Travis Hutchins.

Hutchins lives just a few feet away from where San Marcos Police say a woman was abducted.

"I didn't hear any screams or anything like that," said Hutchins.

San Marcos Police say at about 11:30 Wednesday morning a woman was looking for an address near the intersection of Cheatem and McKie.

Commander Penny Dunn says after making a U-turn, the woman was rear ended by a pickup truck and pulled over.

"He grabbed her and forced her into the backseat of her own vehicle. A second Hispanic male got out of the truck, got into the backseat with her and her 4 year-old child. The driver of the truck got into the driver seat of her vehicle and started to drive away there was a third Hispanic male in the truck that then followed," said Dunn.

Dunn says a woman hasn't been kidnapped in almost 15 years...and the method is unheard of for San Marcos.

"We don't know what kind of location that she was driven to...because she was covered with a towel," said Dunn. "She was sexually assaulted. She was hit and beat. She suffered some injuries. She was strangled and went unconscious."

Investigators say this all happened while the woman's four-year-old child was in the car.

"That was planned out," said Hutchins. "It sounds like these are tactics used by cartel individuals."

Police say the woman's child was not harmed.

She eventually came to and called 911 a little after 12 o'clock.

Hutchins added, "Broad daylight activity like that is very brazen. It's very...very alarming."

Police say if you're involved in a fender bender, evaluate your options. Lock your doors. Call 911 and if you have to, drive to a public area.

"If anyone was in the area...you may have a little bit of information that doesn't seem like a lot to you, but may be vital for us to be successful in our investigation," added Dunn.

"That's what terrifies me the most, that it could happen to pretty much anyone," said Hutchins. "That's a game changer."

The three suspects are described as Hispanic men. One of them in his 40's, another in his 30's and the third, between 18 and 20 years-old.

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