“It’s stuff horror movies are made out of,” the sheriff says; Manhunt for Alabama kidnapping suspect continues – Reuters

A massive manhunt was underway Tuesday for a man, police say, who followed an elderly Alabama woman to her home and kidnapped her at knifepoint. She was found alive hours later, tied up and taped in the suspect’s closet.

Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said Tuesday it was a miracle officers were able to quickly locate Betty Cobb alive. Her alleged attacker, Tony Lamar White, 47, is still at large.

“These are things that horror movies are made from,” Wade said. “This guy is definitely a dangerous person and we have to catch him.”

Cobb disappeared on July 4.

“While she was shopping, a person was prowling the parking lot and he singled her out as someone he wanted to victimize,” Wade said. “And he followed her from that store to another store and to another store and then he followed her to her home.

“And when he got there, she was unloading her groceries, he attacked her, forced her into the trunk of his vehicle and forced her back home.”

Investigators quickly located an image of White’s vehicle, which led to his address.

Cobb was found in a closet in White’s house, tied up and taped.

“She thought she was going to die,” Wade said.

Wade said investigators believe White may end up being a suspect in a series of rapes of older women dating back to July 2012. Wade said investigators have DNA from two rapes, one in July 2012 and the another in July 2013, but had never been able to match DNA with any suspect.

As soon as White is located, Wade said investigators plan to see if the DNA matches.

“If it’s connected, he’s a dangerous person,” Wade said.

Investigators are asking anyone with White’s whereabouts to call 911 or the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 256-236-6600, a $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to White’s arrest .

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