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Westmorland man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend

June 05, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — A 22-year-old resident here was arrested for kidnapping and other counts after he allegedly tried to hold his girlfriend captive so they could reconcile.

Isaias Godinez Perez was arrested around 9 p.m. Tuesday in his residence in the 300 block of East Sixth Street, according to Imperial County Sheriff's Office logs.

Perez was arrested for kidnapping, spousal abuse, terrorist threats, violation of a restraining order and stalking. He was in county jail this morning with bail set at $100,000.

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Westmorland police Officer Freddy Beltran Jr. said he was flagged down by Perez's father and the victim around 7 p.m. at the Circle K at 123 E. Main St.

There, Perez's father told Beltran what had happened.

Apparently, the victim, Perez's ex-girlfriend, who is in her mid 20s, was walking down a street when Perez pulled up in a vehicle. Perez's ex-girlfriend had a restraining order against him at the time.

Beltran said Perez forced his ex-girlfriend into the car while she struggled to escape. Perez drove her out of the city but police aren't sure where.

Perez returned to the city, only to hold her captive in the bathroom of his residence. While he was trying to take her into the residence his father saw what was happening.

Perez's father argued with him for awhile and then decided to take the woman home. While the father was taking Perez's ex-girlfriend home the two saw Beltran and flagged him down.

Police then went to Perez's residence and arrested him without further incident.

Beltran said Perez was trying to hold the woman captive so they could reconcile. The two have a young child together.

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

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