Saturday, July 27, 2013

California: Kidnap Victim Jumps from Trunk of Moving Vehicle in Napa, Abductors Arrested

According to Reuters, two suspects alleged to have abducted a kidnap victim driving away with another man in the truck of their car were arrested after a short police pursuit in Napa Thursday afternoon (July 25).
Napa police received reports of an altercation at 1525 hours in the 2100 block of Shurtleff Avenue that ended when two men forced another man in to the trunk of a green Ford sedan.
Just after police received a call that a man had jumped out of the trunk of a moving car on Soscol Avenue near Napa State Hospital, the apparent victim ran through traffic and said he had been kidnapped.

Five minutes later police spotted a green Ford with two men inside and the trunk open driving south on state Highway 29. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver fled. 

COMMENT: Eventually the suspects got off the highway and stopped in a vineyard near South Kelly and Paoli Loop roads at which point officers arrested the car’s two occupants, Donald Arthur Lawson, 49, and Daniel James Allen Rowe, 36, both of Vallejo, on suspicion of unauthorized flight.  

Lawson was also wanted on a number of warrants in both Napa and Solano counties.

Subsequently, the kidnap victim was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries suffered from jumping out of the moving car. The severity of his injuries unknown. 

The underlying motive  for the abduction was not reported in the Reuters piece. Therefore, it is very difficult to assess the kidnap victim's response in jumping from the trunk of a moving vehicle, which alone can result in loss of serious injury or loss of life. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.