A man has died following an apparent kidnapping Thursday from a gas station on the south end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, police say.
D/FW Airport Police said a 42-year-old man was at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Rental Car Drive and International Parkway when he witnessed several people breaking into his car about 2 p.m.
"The man was fueling his car and was inside the convenience store when he saw the car being broken into," said D/FW Airport spokesman David Magana. "So he came out from the store and was confronted by several suspects who then put him into their car and drove off."
Police say they believe the incident was not random, and the man was likely followed to the gas station from a location off airport property.
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"All I saw was the guy hanging out the back door on the driver's side, like he was hanging on for dear life," witness Robert Headspeth said.
"The guy was speeding around approximately 40 miles an hour, trying to shake the guy out off the back of the car," witness Eric Moore told NBC 5. "The whole time the driver was going back and forth, trying to shake him out."
The man was found unconscious about two miles away, in the 4300 block of West Northgate Drive, in Irving.[[382415581,R]]
The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead after he was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
The cause of the man's death has not been released.
The airport gas station is generally considered a safe place to stop, and is a popular place to fill up a rental car with gas before returning it.
"You’ve got D/FW PD in and out of here on a fairly regular basis," said taxi driver Charlie Ondrasek. "As much traffic is in and through here and everything, there ain’t nobody that’s going to slip through here and not be seen or noticed."
D/FW Airport Police brought in a police dog to help search a wooded area behind the gas station Thursday evening, but the focus of the search was not revealed by officials.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation, and anyone with information that could help the case is asked to call police at 972-973-3210.