Ceres Police have arrested a man who allegedly abused his girlfriend while holding her captive for several days at a home on Roswell Way.
The female victim called 911 at 3:56 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 to report that her car had been stolen by boyfriend Willie Garcia, 39, of Ceres after he initially took her keys and told her she couldn’t leave before taking off himself.
Officers searched for the car but unable to find it.
At 6:09 p.m., the victim called police to report that she found her vehicle parked on Richland Avenue near Darby Lane. Officer Kao Saechao met with the victim at the AM/PM on Hatch Road and then reported that Garcia had been holding her against her will since Dec. 9 and that Garcia hits her and she was fearful to leave. She told Officer Saechao she knew if she tried to leave, Garcia would beat her and had used an electronic stun gun device on her the day before. She described the device to Officer Saechao and told him she last saw it in her vehicle when Garcia took it.
Officers watched the car for Garcia’s return. They watched him get in the car and drive away and then ordered him out of the vehicle during a high-risk traffic stop.
Recovered from the car was an electronic stun gun device described by the victim. Several tools including bolt cutters were located in the car. The victim told police that the tools didn’t belong to her and must have been put in her vehicle by Garcia.
Garcia was arrested on charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, grand theft auto, assault with use of a stun gun and possession of burglary tools.