MARLBOROUGH, CT (WFSB) - Investigators are looking for two men who are accused of abducting a woman on Saturday.
State police said it happened at the Big Y in Marlborough around 7 p.m.
A 64-year-old woman had left the business and was putting groceries into her car when she was approached by two men who demanded money.
A handgun was displayed by at least one of the men.
The suspects then put a bag over the woman's head, hit her in the face multiple times with an unspecified object, and put her in the backseat of her vehicle.
The men drove to the D N D Food Mart in East Hartford and took money from the ATM using the woman's ATM card.
Police said the suspects dropped the woman off in Berlin before taking the car behind a building and lit it on fire.
The woman was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.
A 911 call was made; however, police would not specify who made it.
“I ask that residents be calm & patient as the investigation proceeds. I find the report alarming and hope that the victim gets the care & support needed. The town, private citizens and state agencies are cooperating with investigators to develop evidence. Of particular concern are the identity of those involved, the locations of crimes committed and the timeline,” Greg Lowrey, Marlborough’s first selectman, said in an email on Monday.
While a description of the suspects wasn't immediately available, investigators said the men were wearing COVID-style face coverings.
They were last seen driving in a, what is believed to be, 1999-2003 Acura TL.
"[I'm] just completely shocked," said Cassandra Elt, East Hampton. "This is not what I would call one of those towns where you would think something like that would happen."
Michelle Hespeler, a Marlborough resident, said things like this never happen in town.
"We've had a lot of break-ins down in our neighborhood. I live about a mile down the road. It makes me nervous, but that's really hard to take. That's scary, as a woman," Hespeler noted.
It's not known if the victim knew the suspects in any way.
Bill Mederos called it a reminder to always be alert. He said it seems criminals have been getting bolder.
"Taking the cars and then they, whoever steals them, they go out and rob a place, and use that vehicle [and] hit a pedestrian with it. It's something you have to be on the alert [for]," Mederos said.
For Hespeler, however, she wishes something this terrifying didn’t happen so close to home.
"You want to trust people. There's a lot of good people out there, but things like this happen and you become very skeptical, and you question everything, which is not the way I like to live my life," Hespeler said.
"I was really shocked because I didn’t think that would happen here because I feel really safe in this town," said Bridgete Varnum, Hebron. "I come here all the time, my brother works in the Big Y."
State police sought to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity immediately.
"Make sure that when you’re leaving or going into a business you take the time, put yours phone away," said Dawn Pagan, Connecticut State Police. "A lot of us are very, very busy. Society today is very, very busy. We’re always looking to get to our next location."
Pagan recommended always having the car keys ready when leaving a business, and keeping a vehicle locked.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 860-465-5469.