Pekin Police, FBI investigate early morning kidnapping

By WEEK Producer

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- The FBI is now assisting Pekin Police in locating a woman who was allegedly abducted by her estranged husband early Monday morning.

Pekin Police believe a Peoria Man, accused of adducting his estranged wife, is armed and dangerous.

While 45-year-old Phouvone Sophanavong does not have any prior convictions of violence, he was convicted in 2006 of drug charges.

The abduction occurred outside the woman's workplace around 5:30 a.m.

The woman is identified as Laongdao Phangthong and her estranged husband is identified as Phouvone Sophanavong.

According to Tazewell County Court Records, Sophanavong of Peoria is 5 ft. 3in, weighing 130 pounds.

Phangtong is described as 5 ft. 1 in., 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police said the two have a history of domestic disputes and that she had a Peoria County order of protection against him.

Witnesses say Phangthong was forced into her car, a 2011 Black Toyota Corolla with the license plate DAOPT85.

“We have been in contact with family,” said Detective Mike Eeten of the Pekin Police Department. “ We served a search warrant today along with the FBI in Peoria at the suspect’s home…trying to gain any information that we can to find out where they might be at or heading to.”

Anyone one with information should call police at 911 or Pekin Police at (309)346-3132.

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