Man tries to grab woman through drive-thru window in attempted kidnapping caught on video
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A terrifying video has emerged showing a failed drive-by kidnapping, which was caught on camera.
The shocking footage has gone viral after it was posted on TikTok, showing a woman very nearly get kidnapped using a 'looped ziptie device'. Watch below:
In the video, captured by Auburn Police Department on 16 January, the woman can be seen accepting a note from the waiting customer, whose tattooed arm is placed outside his vehicle.
He then grabs her arm with one hand before attempting to use the ziptie on her other to drag her into his car.
But thankfully, the woman was strong enough to resist the kidnapping attempt and was able to successfully pull back into her counter as the man gave up and drove away.
The footage prompted a mass response when it was posted on TikTok by NBC News yesterday (17 January), and it has already been viewed 3.3 million times.
It was captioned: "A man with a left forearm tattoo that appears to read 'Chevrolet' tried to pull a barista through a drive-thru window in an alleged kidnapping attempt in Auburn, #Washington, police say."
Reacting to the footage, one viewer wrote: "I would never go back to work after that."
"Tattoo. Should be fairly easy to find," added a second, while a third wrote: "I'm confused if he really [thinks that's] gonna work? And where is the licence plate picture."
Alongside a crying emoji, a fourth noted: "License plate? Finger prints?"
"Is that a cable tie in his other hand?" wrote a fifth. "That must've been so scary for her."
A sixth speculated: "For him to have chosen a drive-thru window to kidnap someone tells me he has had his eye on THAT particular girl which tells me he staked her out beforehand somewhere [sic]."
Auburn Police Department confirmed on Twitter that a man was arrested on Tuesday (17 January) in connection with the incident.
The police initially shared the video in a bid to catch the man and said that they received 'overwhelming support from the community'.
This prompted one Twitter user to remark: "This is why it is so crucial to inform the public right away. I have seen too many missing women cases where the public was not alerted & the cases have gone cold.
"Great work by all!"