A man charged with kidnapping a woman on Highway 99 pleaded not guilty in Stanislaus Superior Court on Friday, and details emerged about what the victim said he did to her.
Aden Aden, 22, was traveling north on Highway 99 through Turlock at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday when he saw a woman walking on the side of the road and pulled up beside her and asked if she needed a ride, according to California Highway Patrol officer Eric Parsons.
The 18-year-old woman refused the ride and kept walking. Aden pulled over on the shoulder and parked the silver Nissan Altima he was driving near Monte Vista Avenue, then allegedly snuck up behind the woman and started choking her, Parsons said.
Police say he choked and punched her and dragged her back to his car, where he forced her into his back seat. As Aden walked around to the driver's seat, the victim got out of the car and started running south along the shoulder.
Aden caught up to her and allegedly started choking her again and then took her purse.
"That is when the officer stopped to assist and render aid," Parsons said.
At first, the officer noticed only the parked car and thought it was disabled, but within seconds of pulling up behind it, he saw the woman running toward him.
She had bruises and lacerations on her neck and face, Parsons said.
The officer put the victim in the front seat of his patrol car, then turned his attention to the suspect, who had headed back toward the Nissan.
Parsons said the officer ordered the man at gunpoint to get out of the car and lay on the ground.
Aden stayed there until backup arrived and he was taken into custody.
Friday, he was charged with kidnapping, robbery, auto theft and receiving stolen property.
Parsons said the car Aden was driving had been reported stolen Monday in Tempe, Ariz., where Aden is from.
Aden is being held on $100,000 bail. He will return to court Thursday at 8:30 a.m. with an appointed public defender.
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