Modesto Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354
Author: Sergeant Ivan Valencia
Modesto, CA – Armed kidnapping suspect dies after leading deputies and officers on a chase.
On 06/10/12, at about 2:30 a.m., Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Woodland Ave and Hart Rd to investigate the report of a kidnapping. The victim called 911 and reported being kidnapped by her boyfriend who was armed with a knife. The suspect drove the victim around the area west of Modesto. The victim was able to stay on the phone and update 911 of her location.
Modesto police officers responded to the area to assist. Officers located the vehicle near the intersection of Woodland Ave and Dakota Ave. A traffic stop was conducted and the vehicle yielded. As the victim escaped out of the vehicle the suspect accelerated and fled at a high rate of speed. The victim confirmed she had been kidnapped and assaulted. She also told officers the suspect was armed. A vehicle pursuit was initiated by Modesto police officers and sheriff’s deputies.
In the area of Woodland Ave and Lone Palm Ave a tire deflation device was used. The device was deployed successfully and one of the vehicle’s tires began to deflate. The suspect continued to evade officers until his vehicle finally became disabled in the 1300 block of Melrose Ave.
The suspect was not compliant and resisted. Bean bag rounds and a taser were used in an attempt to subdue him. The suspect continued to resist and a police canine was used. As deputies were restraining the suspect they noticed he was having a medical emergency. The suspect was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he later died. The cause of death is undetermined at this time. An investigation is being conducted by the Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
The female victim was also transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
For more information regarding this news release, contact Detective Steve Stanfield at StanfieldS@modestopd.com or (209) 495-2067.