WALNUT CREEK -- A 57-year-old woman was kidnapped as she left work Wednesday evening, taken to various bank branches and forced to withdraw money, and eventually set free in the Oakland hills, police said.

The woman was unlocking her car in the parking lot in the Shadelands business park area about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when two suspects ran up, forced her into the car, tied her up and blindfolded her, according to Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski.

The suspects drove her to several ATMs to force her to withdraw money, Gorski said. She was dropped off at an unknown time later on Hiller Drive in the Oakland hills, just off Highways 24 and 13, near the entrance to the Caldecott Tunnel, Oakland police said.

The woman managed to free herself and called 911. She received medical treatment at the scene, but the extent of any injuries was not released.

A small, older model, dark-colored pickup truck was seen leaving the area, police said. It may have been a Toyota with a loud muffler.

The suspects were described as two white men in their early to mid-20s. The first was about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 185 to 190 pounds with broad shoulders, short dark hair and unknown facial hair, wearing a light-colored T-shirt under a black zip-up colored shirt, in blue or black jeans. The second suspect was 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds with a slight build, wearing a mask below his nose, with a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.


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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5868 or 925-943-5844.

Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this report. Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.