Fresno police searching for suspects in carjack, kidnapping

June 29, 2014

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A Fresno farm laborer who was carjacked and kidnapped in southeast Fresno Saturday was able to escape, and now police are asking for help to find the man's kidnappers.

The 48-year-old farm laborer told police he was trying to make extra money Saturday morning by giving a ride to two men who were looking for work and needed a ride, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said. Gomez gave this account of what happened next:

The victim turned his girlfriend's black Nissan Sentra onto North Sierra Vista Avenue from East Madison Avenue in southeast Fresno when a man pointed a silver handgun and told him to pull over. A second man pointed a pump-action shotgun at the victim.

The kidnappers took him into a nearby house in the 4700 block of East Madison Avenue, where he was tied up and robbed of his cellphone, wallet, watch and car keys. The kidnappers threatened to kill him and his family if he called police.

The victim eventually untied himself, escaped the house and walked several miles to his home. Fearful for his family, the victim initially did not report the incident, but relatives persuaded him to go to police.

Police found the duct tape used on the victim in the front yard of the Madison Avenue house, and detectives searched the home. At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers found the victim's car near Illinois Avenue and Third Street in southeast Fresno.

One suspect was described as a muscular man in his 20s with black slicked-back hair who was wearing a red sweater. The other was described as a man in his 30s, wearing his black hair in a braid, with teardrop tattoos under both eyes and a chain tattoo behind his neck.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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