A female real estate agent was held at gunpoint and temporarily kidnapped by a man while showing him a model home in Elk Grove, California, a city located just south of Sacramento, news outlets are reporting.
Elk Grove police told FOX40 News that the man pulled out a gun while touring the home, handcuffed and threatened the agent and then let her go before driving off.
The woman then flagged down a security guard driving through the area and was taken to a nearby store, where she contacted police Thursday afternoon, The Sacramento Bee reported.
An officer told The Sacramento Bee that the woman was rattled, but otherwise unharmed.
On Thursday, investigators were at the home, which is being treated as a crime scene, The Sacramento Bee said.
News of the incident comes in the wake of the kidnapping and slaying of Beverly Carter, who was also apparently apprehended while showing a home.
Carter’s death has prompted some soul-searching among real estate agents, sparking calls for real estate professionals to take more safety precautions and inspiring more than a few to enroll in self-defense classes.
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