A man who attempted to escape from police Monday by leaping across rooftops allegedly held a screwdriver to a female hostage’s throat and threatened to kill her near Wapoma Avenue and Andrews Avenue west of Highway 99 in Fresno, Lt. Mike Doyle said.
Abel Rodriguez, 26, allegedly entered the woman’s home from a rooftop while on the run from Fresno police officers. The woman hid in a closet before the suspect found her and allegedly held a screwdriver to her throat and threatened to kill her, Doyle said. Hearing officers converge on the house, the suspect tried to climb into the attic while the victim ran to a window and screamed for help. Officers were able to help her out of the window.
Rodriguez, a wanted parolee, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and making terrorist threats, Doyle said.