Police are hunting three men who robbed and abducted a man at knifepoint.
The victim, a 45-year-old, was walking in a flat stairwell in Royston Mains Crescent, Edinburgh, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday when he was attacked by three men who threatened him with a knife and emptied his pockets.
He was then forced into a black car with them, which drove off towards Crewe Road North, Lothian and Borders Police said.
After a short drive they stopped at a walkway between a Morrisons supermarket and Ainslie Park Leisure Centre and got out of the car.
The man tried to raise the alarm with passing cyclists but was dragged back into the car and taken back to Royston Mains Crescent. The three men then made off and the victim contacted police.
A force spokesman said the incident was over within an hour and they are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.
The three robbers are white, in their 20s, around 5ft 8in and had scarves covering their faces.
Detective Sergeant Andy Macmillan said: "While the victim was not seriously injured, this was a terrifying ordeal for him to endure and he was left understandably distressed.
"Police are carrying out local inquiries to see if anyone remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area, or can help us identify the men responsible. We are particularly keen to speak to the cyclists who rode past the man after he exited the car. These individuals are asked to contact police immediately.
"Similarly, anyone with other information relevant to this investigation is also asked to come forward."