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September 25, 2012 > Attempted kidnap suspect arrested

Attempted kidnap suspect arrested

By Geneva Bosques

On September 18, 2012 at approximately 10:08 p.m., a Fremont Police Officer was flagged down by two young adult men, ages 19 and 20 years old, on Civic Center Drive near Walnut Avenue. The two young men stated that a Hispanic adult male, later identified as Robert Abeyata (a 30 year old Sacramento resident), had been aggressively following them from a nearby shopping center and was attempting to kidnap them. The victims stated that they had run away, but the suspect had followed their friend behind the Archstone Apartments, also located on Civic Center Drive.

While giving Officers a description of the suspect, they noticed the vehicle exiting the far south driveway of the apartment complex; Officers attempted to stop the truck, but it took off towards Walnut Avenue at a high rate of speed. It was unknown if the suspect had successfully captured the third victim, Officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended when Officers conducted a pit maneuver disabling the vehicle near the intersection of Decoto Road and 3rd Street in Union City.

The suspect fled the vehicle on foot and Officers gave chase. A K-9 was deployed and the suspect was finally taken into custody after being bit, TASED and fighting with Officers. Two Officers were treated and released from a local hospital for non-critical injuries and the suspect was also treated and released from a local hospital for injuries sustained while fighting with Officers.

While interviewing the suspect, Officers learned that he was looking for companionship with one or more of the victims. The suspect was booked at Santa Rita Jail and is facing current charges of attempt kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, driving on the wrong side of traffic during a pursuit and resisting arrest with injuries to an Officer.

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