Cops seek suspect wanted in connection with attempted kidnapping at LIC car dealership

Jose Santiago-Cruz (inset) is wanted for questioning in connection to an attempted kidnapping in Long Island City.
Photos courtesy of the NYPD
By Emily Davenport

Police were searching for a man who may know something about two suspects who pretended to be cops while trying to abduct a man at a Long Island City dealership.

According to police, at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 12, two unknown men walked inside of the Hyundai of Long Island City dealership — located at 34-54 44th St. — and approached a 28-year-old man who was waiting to have his car serviced.

Authorities said the suspects then sprayed the victim with an unknown substance, told him that he was under arrest for being a fugitive and attempted to remove the victim from the location in handcuffs.

Law enforcement sources stated that the victim put up a struggle and ultimately fought off the suspects, who then fled the scene in a grey Dodge Caravan and went westbound on Northern Boulevard.

Police were looking to question Jose Santiago-Cruz in relation to the incident. He is described as a Hispanic man with dark hair, brown eyes, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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