Police are searching for a man accused of beating up and kidnapping a woman at an Independence home.
Police said the woman's hands were bound behind her back and she had significant facial injuries after he had pistol whipped her. After assaulting her, her former boyfriend forced her inside a vehicle and left her alone for a few moments at which time she made her escape and ran screaming down the street for help, police said.
The woman was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.
Police officers in SWAT gear surrounded the neighborhood in the 1100 block of South Pearl Avenue. Police searched the home and neighborhood for the woman's former boyfriend, and believe he fled the scene before officers arrived.
Police say they are actively searching for the man.
Neighbors said as police arrived they saw two men drive off in a black Chevy Silverado. One man was described as wearing a red hat and black-hooded sweatshirt.
This occurred just a block off 23rd Street and Noland Road in Independence, and began unfolding about 2:45 p.m. Friday.
Paul Smith was visiting the area and was horrified by the situation.
I think the girl shouldn't have to go through that. It's terrible for any female to have to go through that," he said. "Hopefully they can catch him and he gets what he deserves."
Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.