A man was arrested Tuesday in Visalia after allegedly attempting to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and hitting a man who tried to protect her.
The incident happened around 9:35 a.m. on the 2500 block of North Giddings Street.
Visalia police said 25-year-old Joshua Cruz was upset about a breakup and got into a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend after she wouldn’t leave with him.
Another man, a friend of the female victim, tried to intervene and Cruz hit him on the head with the end of his handgun, police said. Cruz then fled the scene.
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The male victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for moderate injuries, authorities said. He has since been released.
Around 1:40 p.m., Cruz turned himself in at the Visalia police station and was booked into the Tulare County Jail on attempted kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
A search warrant was served at various locations Cruz was known to frequent. Police said they gathered evidence that indicated a gun was used in the encounter, but the handgun remains missing.