A 42-year-old woman turned to a Hayward fire station for help Sunday after allegedly being kidnapped at gunpoint days earlier from Santa Cruz.
The victim, considered a transient, came to Santa Cruz in November to get away from a past relationship, Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said. On July 17, around 7 p.m., a man the victim knew confronted her with a gun at Harvey West Park, then took her to Hayward and kept her confined through Sunday night, Clark said.
"She had the opportunity to flee the house, and she did, to the fire department," Clark said.
The Santa Cruz and Hayward police departments are working together to investigate the allegations. Clark said the Hayward Police Department is familiar with both the victim and the man she said kidnapped her, but that no arrests have been made.
"We have a named and identified suspect," Clark said. We're just assessing the information right now." ------ (c)2014 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com