An 18-year-old woman was rescued by a California Highway Patrol officer from an attacker trying to force her into his vehicle Wednesday morning on Highway 99 in Turlock.
The woman was suffered minor injuries from the attack, including several abrasions, according to the CHP.
The woman's ordeal began around 4 a.m. Wednesday while walking along the northbound Highway 99 shoulder. Just south of the Monte Vista Avenue exit, a man driving a Nissan Altima, pulled up alongside her and offered her a ride, said CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Parsons.
The woman declined and continued walking, which is when she was attacked from behind, Parsons said.
The suspect, later identified as Aden H. Aden, 22, of Tempe, Ariz., grabbed the victim and was choking her while trying to force her into the backseat of the Nissan.
Parsons said the woman told Aden she would get into the car if he would just stop hurting her. She got into the car and when he was walking over to the other side she jumped out and took off running, Parsons said.
The suspect caught her again and was choking her when a CHP officer arrived at the scene. The woman broke free from her attacker and ran to the officer, who put her in the backseat of his patrol car.
Aden was allegedly headed back to the Nissan when the officer stopped him and took him into custody.
The Nissan was reported stolen out of Tempe.
Aden was booked into Stanislaus County Jail and charged with kidnapping, battery, robbery and auto theft. In the country illegally, he also had a hold placed on him by Immigration and Naturalization Services.
This is a recap of Ceres area crimes:
• DUI SUSPECT LEADS POLICE ON PURSUIT: CERES - A pursuit initiated by the Ceres Police Department's Street Crimes Unit ended with an arrest of a belligerent drunk driving suspect on Saturday.
Sgt. Dennis Perry was in the 1300 block of Central Avenue at 10:22 p.m. when he observed a driver running a red traffic signal. Perry followed driver Miguel Mariscal, 29, and attempted to pull him over but continued driving. Mariscol eventually pulled into a driveway in the 1700 block of Stonum Road where Sgt. Perry approached him for an arrest. Mariscal reportedly became hostile and struggled with the sergeant before he was arrested on charges of DUI, evading police, driving on a suspended license, violation of probation and obstructing or delaying police.
• MAN ARRESTED ON POWER THEFT CHARGES: CERES - A Saturday afternoon search warrant at 965 Alcoy Drive resulted in the arrest of a Ceres man for theft of electricity associated with a large indoor marijuana growing operation.
Police served a search warrant at 4 p.m. and located 450 marijuana plants growing inside the house as well as two handguns. Police Lt. Brent Smith said there was evidence that Hoa Le, 22, of Ceres, had bypassed the power meter in an attempt to escape detection from the power company for the large consumption of power.
Le was arrested on charges of theft of a utility, cultivation of marijuana, possession for marijuana for sale, and possession of stolen property.
• CAR THEFT DRAMA UNFOLDS ON CENTRAL AVENUE: CERES - Police arrested a man who allegedly stole a pickup, crashed it and then carjacked another individual's car.
The drama unfolded shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday when a resident in the 800 block of Central Avenue saw his pickup being driven off by a theft suspect. The 40-year-old owner jumped in the bed of the truck as the suspect sped away. The thief then lost control and struck a tree about two houses away, causing the owner of the pickup to receive head injuries. The man was taken to a Modesto hospital by ambulance.
The suspect then bolted from the crash scene and managed to jump into a white 1997 Ford Mustang being driven by a 20-year-old Ceres man. The driver of the Mustang said the man reached into his waistband as if he had a gun.
Sgt. Trenton Johnson spotted the Mustang going down southbound Central Avenue and stopped the car at Central Avenue and Ocean Way. He arrested the passenger at gunpoint before he had a chance to flee, said Lt. Brent Smith.
The suspect was identified as a Hispanic man who said he was 25. He had no identification on him at the time of the arrest.