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.
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.
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