Escalon man held in abduction of ex-wife

local@modbee.comMarch 25, 2013 

A 36-year-old man is in jail on suspicion of kidnapping after he reportedly forced his ex-wife from a south Modesto business and drove her to his house in Escalon.

The victim was at a business in the 1300 block of Crows Landing Road on Saturday night when her ex-husband, Francisco Rodriguez, grabbed her and forced her into his car, said Stanislaus County sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.

He would not say which business the woman was at, to protect her identity. The suspect then drove his ex-wife more than 20 miles to his home in rural Escalon, allegedly hitting her along the way.

When they got to his home on Mariposa Road, Bejaran said, Rodriguez took belongings from the victim, then told her to get out of the car.

The victim called a friend, who picked her up and drove her back to south Modesto to the Sheriff's Department.

A short time later, deputies went to Rodriguez's home and arrested him on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, domestic violence and possession of methamphetamine.

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