Cops: Man fends off kidnappers

JAMAICA HILLS—Three would-be kidnappers in ski masks attacked a man and hit him in the face with a pistol before he escaped on Feb. 5 at the Springhouse Retirement Community at 44 Allandale St., according to a Boston Police Department report obtained by the Gazette.

Springhouse Executive Director Kathy Foley said the victim of the “bizarre situation” is a Springhouse employee with a good performance record and that police have identified potential suspects. Police assured her that drugs were not involved, she said, and also said it appears to be an “isolated incident that wouldn’t be replicated.”

Located in a wooded area on the JP/West Roxbury border, Springhouse has a history as a very safe place with no crime.

The incident happened around 8:20 p.m. The victim left work and was getting into his car when a man wearing a black ski mask and pointing a handgun approached him, according to the police report. The masked man shouted in Spanish, “Don’t move!” along with an obscenity.

The gunman reportedly attempted to force the victim into a minivan containing two other men, also wearing ski masks. The victim fought back, getting hit in the face and head with the gun and losing his shirt. The victim then hid in a bush while the alleged would-be kidnappers fled.

Detectives at JP’s District E-13 Police Station are investigating. Anyone with information can call 617-343-5628 or anonymously by calling 1-800-494-8477 or by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.

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