Nassau detectives are investigating the attempted robbery late Monday of an East Garden City restaurant in which a worker was forced into her car and later abandoned in the woods, police said.

A 53-year-old female employee of Ruth's Chris Steak House, 600 Old Country Rd., was closing the restaurant at 11:50 p.m. when she was "accosted by two armed males who demanded she take them to the safe," Nassau County police said in a Tuesday afternoon news release.

The suspects were unable to force open the safe so "they removed it outside to the victim's car. The victim was detained by the subjects and forced into her vehicle," police said.

Police said the suspects drove the vehicle to Hempstead, dumped the safe at an unknown location, and took the victim to a wooded area on Cathedral Avenue where they abandoned her and the vehicle before fleeing.

The victim, who was not injured, ran to a nearby house where a resident called police.

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