• A witness called the cops after a man was abducted from a parking garage
  • The armed assailants allegedly stabbed him and forced the man into a vehicle
  • Hours later, officials called in to put out a car on fire found the man dead in the trunk

A 39-year-old man was found dead inside the trunk of a burning vehicle in Baltimore City, Maryland.

The deceased was the same person connected to an assault and abduction call from Hanover that was placed hours before the grim discovery, police confirmed.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department was contacted around 9 p.m. Wednesday after a woman witnessed the stabbing and abduction of a man in a parking garage at the Arundel Preserve, according to DC News Now.

The woman said the suspects were armed and forced the man inside a vehicle. The car eventually drove out of the parking garage.

"She was frantic. She said she had just seen what she believed to be a stabbing and abduction," Anne Arundel County police spokesperson Marc Limansky reportedly said.

"It's very scary. I don't know how I would feel in that situation witnessing that," a resident in the area, Markeys Glover, told WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore.

Responding officers arrived and found what was visibly a crime scene on the second level of the parking garage.

"They found shell casings, some blood. They believe whatever occurred happened here at that location," Limansky added.

Within a few hours, there was a report of a car engulfed in flames in Leakin Park.

"(I) just heard some popping sounds. They were the gas tanks exploding in the car. Me and the dog looked out to the woods and saw flames in the trees, and we discovered another car has been set on fire in Leakin Park," a resident who lives near the park told the outlet.

Baltimore City firefighters and police officers arrived at the scene and worked to put the fire out. When they opened the trunk of the car, they found the 39-year-old man inside with gunshot wounds.

Baltimore police detectives contacted Anne Arundel County Police Department and informed them about the discovery of the dead man in the trunk. Officials eventually confirmed that the man was the same victim who was abducted earlier from the Hanover parking garage.

"Our investigators do believe, based on the timeline and circumstances, this was a targeted incident and not a random act," Limansky noted.

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