Handcuffed, Barefoot Man Seen Walking on Palmetto Expressway Claims He Was Abducted

A man found walking barefoot and handcuffed on the busy Palmetto Expressway in Miami Friday morning claimed he was abducted from his home by police impersonators, authorities said.

Nawfal Ziane, 45, told authorities that he was getting out of his car at his home on 15073 Southwest 43rd Lane in Miami when three men in police T-shirts and badges approached him from behind, police said.

They identified themselves as officers, handcuffed him and ordered him into a waiting vehicle where they fled with him. While the car was travelling northbound on State Road 826, they pulled over and released Ziane at northwest 74th Street after he tried to escape, police said.

Police responded to the scene after witnesses reported a disoriented man, wearing a black top and yellow shorts, walking northbound on the shoulder between the 103rd Street and Okeechobee Road exits.

Aerial footage showed crime scene investigators and officers from multiple agencies, including Miami-Dade Police, Hialeah Police and Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol. Police could be seen questioning the man as he sat on the floor, hands still bound behind his back.

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