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Motorist says carjackers abducted him

A North Buffalo man was assaulted in his car Sunday while parked at the foot of West Ferry Street, forced into the trunk at knifepoint and driven around for several hours before his attackers released him, the victim later told Buffalo police.

Northwest District officers later arrested two people in connection with the carjacking, which was reported at 7:30 p.m.

The victim told police he was at Broderick Park when three men -- including one known to the victim -- punched him in the head and body, threatened him with a handgun and cut him on the face.

They forced him into the trunk of his grandmother's 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt sedan and held him there for several hours before letting him go at 6 p.m. Sunday near West Ferry and Niagara streets.

The suspects fled with the stolen vehicle, which was spotted by officers at 9:25 p.m. at the corner of Helen and Herkimer streets.

Officers Sara Keaton and Amy Frankel arrested the driver, Kendrick Pritchett, 18, of Prospect Avenue, on charges including possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Pritchett, according to police, said he bought the stolen car from Shawn C. Hasan for $40.

Hasan, 40, of Herkimer Street, was arrested half an hour later by Keaton and Officer Stephen Mikac on charges of possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police added.

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