OAKLAND — An 18-year-old lady was kidnapped off of Worldwide Boulevard in broad daylight as she walked the block as a intercourse employee, allegedly by males who blamed her for $11,000 that went lacking days earlier, police mentioned.
Now, one among at the least three suspects has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, making legal threats, and illegally possessing a firearm, court docket data present.
The suspect has been recognized in court docket data as 33-year-old David Salazar, of Oakland, the identical man whose $11,000 went lacking and whom authorities allege was accountable for organizing the kidnapping plot. He’s being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $250,000 bail, and is subsequent due in court docket for an arraignment on Aug. 17, court docket data present.
In line with Oakland police, the lady was standing close to Worldwide Boulevard and thirteenth Avenue round 5 p.m. on July 28, when a 2000s mannequin Acura pulled up with three males inside, who compelled her into the automotive at gunpoint. One in all her associates witnessed the incident and referred to as police, who then started monitoring the automotive with assist from a helicopter.
In the meantime, the lady contained in the Acura later reported that the three males drove her round Oakland, threatening to kill her or take her to Mexico and Los Angeles and go away her there, in accordance with police. They made a number of stops alongside the best way, earlier than pulling up at a Walgreens on Courtland Avenue, police say.
There, the suspects obtained wind that police have been following them and two of them fled, leaving Salazar alone with the lady. He was strolling along with her away from the Acura when officers arrested him and rescued her a brief distance away from the shop, in accordance with police.
In a subsequent police interview, Salazar admitted to choosing the lady up and bringing her residence, and accused her of stealing his cellphone and utilizing it to empty $11,000 out of his checking account, authorities say. He allegedly denied involvement within the kidnapping — insisting the lady went with him willingly — and claimed he stored a pistol with him for cover, not a nefarious objective.
In an interview, the lady maintained that it was one other intercourse employee who had gone with Salazar across the identical time, not her, who was accountable for the huge theft. However when police requested for permission to look via her telephone and confirm this, she refused, authorities say.
The investigation into the stolen cash stays open. As for Salazar, a decide denied a movement to launch him with out bail at an Aug. 4 court docket look, data present.