Arrest made in LA caught-on-camera kidnapping of girl who was pistol-whipped, compelled into car

An arrest has been made in a broad daylight kidnapping of a girl caught on a neighborhood digital camera being pistol-whipped and compelled right into a automobile exterior Los Angeles. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division recognized the suspect Thursday as William Garcia, 32, of Commerce and mentioned the feminine sufferer has been “discovered protected and unhurt.” The division’s Main Crimes Bureau (MCB) mentioned the lady is being questioned by detectives for extra info relating to the incident. 

On Wednesday, the division mentioned the “main suspect” had been taken into custody, however investigators had been nonetheless “making an attempt to find the sufferer.”

The suspect, beforehand solely described as a Hispanic man, was taken into custody at roughly 2 p.m. Wednesday and charged with kidnapping and abduction. 


Commerce kidnapping victim and suspect

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division appealed to the general public for info relating to a kidnapping within the Metropolis of Commerce.  (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division )

The suspect’s car has been recovered as proof. The kidnapping unfolded within the Metropolis of Commerce Tuesday. 

At roughly 4:20 p.m., a person exited a silver Kia Rio, presumably a 2016-2017 mannequin, within the 2200 block of Couts Avenue within the Metropolis of Commerce, the sheriff’s division beforehand mentioned. The male approached the sufferer, a girl with darkish brownish-red hair sporting a black costume and sandals who was operating northbound alongside Couts Avenue.  

The lady gave the impression to be operating from the person and making an attempt to cover, the sheriff’s division mentioned. The person, armed with a handgun, allegedly struck the feminine with the gun and compelled her into the passenger facet of the car. The car was final seen touring southbound on Cowlin Avenue.


LASD released another photo of the commerce kidnapping suspect's vehicle

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division sought info on a 2016-2017 silver Kia Rio after a kidnapping in Commerce.  (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division )

The incident was reportedly captured on video by a resident’s dwelling surveillance digital camera. It reveals the sufferer strolling whereas speaking on her cellular phone when a car pulled up subsequent to her and a person hops out. The person is seen allegedly hitting the lady with a pistol and forcing her into the car. 

“I opened up the window and I yelled to depart her alone. Little did I do know, he had a gun in his hand,” one witness advised KABC-TV. “That is once I referred to as my husband, and my husband got here after which he seen him. And my neighbor throughout the road additionally seen the gun, and that is when all people form of pulled again, and he took off.”

commerce kidnapping suspect vehicle

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division mentioned a person hopped out of a silver Kia Rio and compelled a feminine into the car within the metropolis of Commerce.  (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division )

A big legislation enforcement presence was seen Wednesday afternoon exterior the suspect’s dwelling in Commerce. 

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Anybody who might have witnessed the incident or might have details about it’s inspired to contact the Main Crimes Bureau at 562-946-7037. If you want to stay nameless, contact Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477 or on-line at

Peter Johnson