By Bay City News Service
A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the kidnapping, physical and sexual assault and attempted murder of a 65-year-old woman in Vallejo on Thursday evening, according to police.
Vallejo police were dispatched to the area of Hiddenbrooke Parkway and Interstate Highway 80 at 6:02 p.m. on reports of a woman who had been found bound by duct tape in a ditch. Police and medical personnel arrived at the scene and took the victim to a hospital, police said. Information about her condition was not immediately available this morning.
Detectives spoke with the victim and determined that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint from in front of a retail store in the 100 block of Plaza Drive in Vallejo, police said. Police said she was forced to drive to a location within five miles of her abduction and was physically and sexually assaulted, then left unconscious and bound by duct tape in a ditch.
Police said the suspect fled in her minivan and passersby then saw the victim in distress and came to her assistance and alerted police. While the woman was being kidnapped, one of her family members had received a phone call from someone demanding money in exchange for the victim's return, police said.
Detectives located the suspect, who had returned to the area, and took him into custody without incident. His name is not being released because he is a juvenile. The teen was found to be in possession of a replica handgun, the victim's property, and the victim's minivan, police said.
The juvenile suspect, identified as a Vallejo resident, was arrested for multiple charges related to the assaults, as well as on suspicion of attempted murder, carjacking, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom. He was booked into Solano County Juvenile Hall, police said. Vallejo police plan to hold a news conference to discuss the case at 11 a.m. today.