El Centro police arrest man on kidnapping, other counts

May 25, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

El Centro police arrested a 32-year-old El Centro man on kidnapping and other counts Saturday after he allegedly choked and held his girlfriend captive for a couple hours.

El Centro police Officer Dub Perkins said police arrested Phillip Darren Clark at 12:36 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Woodward Avenue in El Centro.

Perkins said Clark and his girlfriend were arguing when he choked her and held her captive in the Ranch House Motel, 808 W. Adams Ave. in El Centro, where they were living.

Perkins said the victim told them Clark then took her to a canal outside the city and told her his intention was to drown her. He wasn't sure if Clark took her there by force. Clark, however, did not follow through with any attempt at killing her.


Both Clark and the victim later ended up going to Wal-Mart, where she was attempting to return an item. The two then got into another argument in the store and Clark took her keys and left in her vehicle without her permission.

The woman called police from the store at 10:25 p.m. and said Clark had stolen her vehicle.

Perkins said Clark was arrested after he called police from a pay phone on Woodward an hour after her girlfriend contacted police. He said Clark was trying to make a harassment complaint against his girlfriend.

The other counts against Clark are false imprisonment, threats, spousal abuse and auto theft. He is being held in county jail with bail set at $100,000.

The sedan was recovered and turned over to the woman.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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