Oct 23, 2015
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A Richmond resident who saw a man force a female into a vehicle at San Pablo and Garvin avenues helped lead police to a kidnapping case that originated in Oakland.

The incident unfolded about 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, when the Richmond resident called 911 and then followed the vehicle while providing a dispatcher with its description, including license plate number, and its location, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

“Because of the witness’ descriptions, RPD officers were able to hone in on the suspect’s car,” Tan said.

RPD officers spotted the vehicle and ended up stopping it on westbound Highway 80 at the Cutting Boulevard off-ramp.  As soon as the car was pulled over, the female passenger “immediately fled” from it, Tan said. The man and female passenger were both interviewed and it was discovered that the female passenger had been kidnapped on Hegenberger Road in Oakland, Tan said.

Oakland police was contacted to take over the investigation. RPD referred any further information about the case to OPD. The identity of the suspect was not immediately available.

“This is a great example teamwork, our community partnership and our residents’ willingness to step up, do the right thing and make a difference,” Tan said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.