SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A man was carjacked and kidnapped at gunpoint in San Jose on Thursday evening before being found safe later that night, police said Friday.

A man armed with a gun confronted the owner of  a white Chevrolet Camaro at 7:09 p.m. in the Third Street Garage, a parking garage located at 95 N. Third St., according to San Jose police.

The gunman took the Camaro and kidnapped the vehicle’s owner during the carjacking, police said.

Officers launched an intense search for the sports car, even employing the department’s SWAT team.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

After approximately 2 hours, they found the victim about 14 blocks away from where the car had reportedly been stolen near East Santa Clara and 17th streets.  The unidentified victim was said to be in good condition.

The vehicle was abandoned and the suspect was seen running south on 17th Street from East Santa Clara Street, police spokesman Officer Jose Garcia said.

“We did recover the car and we hope to obtain evidence from the vehicle and hopefully identify the suspect,” Garcia said.

During the suspect search, residents in the area were asked to shelter in place. However, police came up empty and the search was called off at 3:52 a.m.

Anyone with information about the case or whereabouts of the suspect is encouraged to call San Jose police at (408) 277-8900. People wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP or visit and may be eligible for a reward.

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