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Two teenage girls kidnapped at gunpoint in Southern California; 'life and death' search under way

      LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A man kidnapped two teenage girls at
gunpoint early Thursday from a lovers' lane in a remote area,
authorities said.
      Tamera Brooks, 16, and Jaqueline Marris, 17, were sitting in
separate cars with male friends when the gunman approached them
shortly after 1 a.m., authorities said.
      "It's a life-and-death situation," Los Angeles County
sheriff's Capt. Tom Pigott said. "We're just trying to locate
these young girls."
      The gunman tied up one of the males to a post with duct tape and
blindfolded him before leaving with the girls in a brown and white
Ford Bronco that belonged to one of the males, authorities said.
      The girls apparently did not know each other or their abductor,
authorities said. Neither man was injured.
      "He told me he was going to kill me but he didn't want to,"
the 18-year-old man who had been tied up told KNBC-TV of Los
Angeles. "He just kept telling her to stay down, keep her head
down, don't look at him."
      Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Efflandt said the man poured gasoline over
one of the vehicles, apparently trying to torch it, but was
unsuccessful.
      Sheriff's investigators said the man, in his mid-30s to early
40s, left behind a vehicle that was reported stolen in a Nevada
carjacking Nevada. No other details were immediately available.
      A command post was set up and sheriff's deputies notified the
FBI and the U.S. Border Patrol about the missing girls.
      Lancaster is about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
     
      (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
     
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