Deputies first received a 911 call at about 6 p.m. saying a 16-year-old girl had escaped an armed kidnapping attempt.
The girl told deputies she was driving near mile post 7 on Center Road when she spotted a man who had a bloody bandage wrapped around his leg and appeared to be injured.
When she stopped to see if she could help the man -- who was wearing a bandana on his face -- the girl said the man pointed a dark-colored semi-automatic pistol at her and got inside her truck, according to deputies.
The man then ordered the girl to drive to Dabob Post Office Road, and when they reached that destination he told her to pull over. The girl told deputies the man ordered her out of the truck and held her at gunpoint while he rummaged through her purse.
An approaching car apparently spooked the gunman, because he ran away into the nearby woods. The girl also took off running, and deputies say she didn't stop until she reached Coyle Road, where she flagged down a car and asked the driver to call 911.
Deputies are now searching for the kidnapper, who is thought to be about 5'10" tall with dark eyebrows. He was wearing a black beanie, a black hoodie and dark colored pants.
Deputies say the man should be considered armed and dangerous.