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Woman Fights off Kidnapper on Highway 99

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who reportedly tried to kidnap a woman while she was stopped along the highway checking her tire pressure.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 3:09 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 3:52 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping on Monday while a woman was stopped along Highway 99 to check her tire pressure.

The report came in around 10 a.m. on Monday in the Gridley area of Highway 99, just north of the Sutter County/Butte County line. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, a 20-year-old Gridley woman was traveling on Highway 99 when she pulled into an orchard off the highway to check the air pressure on one of her tires. 

A man in a truck pulled up behind the woman asking if she needed help. When the woman declined, he grabbed her by her arms and began trying to drag her back toward his vehicle.

The woman was able to fight the man off, get back into her vehicle and drive away. 

The man then got back into his truck and drove off, heading southbound on Highway 99, toward Live Oak. 

The suspect is described as a white, adult male approximately 50-60 years old with short, curly salt and pepper-colored hair, with a brown mustache and sores on his face. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with writing on it and pajama pants with baseballs on them. 

The suspect's truck is described as an early 90s cream-colored Toyota pickup truck, with a dent in the tailgate. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7322. 

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