ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – ***UPDATE 10:26 p.m. 1/8/2020***
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the woman in the surveillance video OCSO released on Wednesday has been found safe and sound.
Authorities are asking for the community’s help identifying a man who appears to be forcing a woman to leave an Orange County restaurant with him.
Deputies released surveillance video captured around noon Tuesday at the Denny’s restaurant located at 8076 South Orange Ave. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the man and woman seen in the video had been eating together and the man followed the woman into the restroom.
Deputies said witnesses heard yelling inside the restroom then saw the man pushing the woman toward the front door of the restaurant and pulling on her clothing.
CAN YOU ID? OCSO is concerned for this woman's safety. Seen on 1/7 around noon at the Denny's at 8076 S Orange. She and this man ate together, she left under duress with him - possibly at gunpoint - in a black, newer-model Mercedes. If you spot them, do not approach. Call 911. pic.twitter.com/cmZac6nh2D— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) January 8, 2020
A witness also said the man appeared to be holding a small handgun as he and the woman left the restaurant and drove off in a black, newer-model Mercedes SUV, a news release said.
In the video, the woman is seen trying to hold on to a nearby wall until the man pushes her again.
Authorities shared the surveillance video on Twitter in hopes that someone would recognize the pair because deputies want to make sure the woman is OK.
The man is described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with an average build and black hair that is short on the sides and puffy on top. He was wearing a black and white striped shirt, blue jeans, white socks and sandals.
The woman is about 5 feet, 3 inches with dark hair. She was wearing a gray or beige sweater with ripped blue jeans and flip flops.
Anyone who sees them should not approach them, deputies said, and should instead call 911.