Victim was driven to bank and told to withdraw all his money
One man has been arrested and a second is being sought in connection with a rather strange kidnapping and attempted robbery in Taft Thursday morning.
Taft Police Lt. Shad Swanson said the two suspects forced their way into the victim's house on the 200 block of San Emidio Street and abducted the victim at knifepoint.
Swanson gave this account of what happened next:
The victim was forced into the front passenger seat of his own car. One of the suspects drove, the other sat in the rear seat behind the victim.
The victim, an adult male whose name wasn't released, was taken to the Chase Bank at Fourth and Kern.
The suspects ordered him to go inside, withdraw all his money from the bank and bring it back.
If he didn't return with the money in a few minutes, the suspects told him, they could leave, but come back "and kill him, his family and burn his house down," Swanson said.
Instead of complying, the victim told bank employees what was happening and they called police.
When the first officer arrived, the two men spotted him and exited the car and fled on foot.
The officer gave chase after one suspect.
He lost sight of him briefly, then spotted him and arrested him in an alley off Fourth Street between Lucard and San Emidio.
The second suspect got away and was still being sought Thursday afternoon.
The suspect in custody hasn't been identified yet.
He is likely going to face charges of kidnapping, home invasion robbery and making criminal threats.