A real estate agent was briefly handcuffed while showing a new home, Elk Grove Police said Thursday.
Officers say the man pulled out a handgun while touring the home, handcuffed and threatened the woman before letting her go. The man then drove off.
The man is described as being of mixed heritage, African-American and Hispanic.
He was just over 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, and wore a grey long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black boots. The man also had an unshaven face, with "fuzzy" facial hair.
The woman was able to flag down a security guard, who took her to a nearby store, where they called police.
The home is in a new development near Cosumnes Oaks High School and the Elk Grove Auto Mall.
While police say no crime like this has happened in this area before, four months ago Crye-Leike Realtor Beverly Carter was kidnapped while showing a home near Little Rock, Arkansas.
Her body was found in a shallow grave four days later. A husband and wife team were arrested, accused of her kidnap for ransom, and then murder.
With the search for the suspect still on in the Elk Grove case, no way to tell yet if the incident at Fireside was intended as a copycat crime that unraveled.
Representatives from KB homes on site did not want to speak on camera a company spokesperson sent a statement saying,
“The safety and well- being of our homeowners and employees is extremely important to the KB Home family. We applaud the onsite security for acting quickly and we will continue to work with law enforcement to aid in their investigation.”