Young girl walking dog helps find carjacked man tied up in trunk

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IRVINGTON -

Authorities say a young girl walking her dog heard screams coming from the trunk of a car, leading to the discovery of a man who was tied up inside the vehicle.

The girl was walking in Irvington around 7:10 a.m. Thursday when she heard a scratching sound. The girl soon heard the sound again and said, "Hello?" and someone from inside the trunk said, "Hello! Help me, help me, help me!"

The child alerted her mother, who called authorities. The man was rescued a short time later.

Officials say that two people brandishing handguns carjacked the man in Hillside around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say that the suspects made the victim travel to several banks in the area and ordered him to withdraw money.

Officials say that the man suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

No arrests have been made. Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Anyone who may have information about the crime is asked to contact Hillside police at 973-926-5800 or call the anonymous tip line at 908-654-TIPS.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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