TURLOCK — What began as a routine stop by a California Highway Patrol officer to help the driver of an apparently disabled vehicle developed into a kidnapping case when an injured woman ran from the back seat of the car, screaming for help.
About 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, the officer was headed north on Highway 99 south of Monte Vista Avenue when he saw a silver sedan parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights flashing, officer Eric Parsons said.
As the officer got out of his car, a woman who had visible scrapes and bruises on her face and neck ran toward him and said the man in the car had attacked her.
She later told officers she'd been walking on the shoulder when her attacker pulled over, took her purse, assaulted her and was in the process of forcing her into the back seat of the car when the officer pulled up behind them.
The officer put the distraught woman in his car and waited for backup to apprehend the suspect, who stayed in the silver car.
The suspect was identified as Aden H. Aden, 22, of Tempe, Ariz., about 10 miles east of Phoenix. The car Aden was driving was found to have been stolen from the same city, but Parsons didn't know when.
Aden was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, battery, robbery and auto theft.
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