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Suspect arrested on multiple charges after attempted kidnapping in Willows: Police

Glenn County authorities tracked down a suspect in an attempted kidnapping case Saturday using a photo of the car taken from one of the alleged victims.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 1:05 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 10:17 PM

UPDATE 10:12 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - Glenn County deputies are praising two teenage girls for thwarting an apparent abduction attempt in Willows. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng went to the area on Wednesday to speak with neighbors. 

"It's just really scary because it can happen to me," said Madison Huffman, a 15-year-old girl who lives in Willows. 

We spoke with Lacy Ramsey, Hernandez's former sister-in-law.

"It bothers me you know, but I'm not one to pass judgment, say that he did it, it's alarming you know," Ramsey said. 

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WILLOWS, Calif. - Glenn County authorities tracked down a suspect in an attempted kidnapping case Saturday using a photo of the car taken from one of the alleged victims.

Deputies were dispatched around 8 p.m. to the intersection of North Tehama and West Wood Streets for a report of a man in a red car who tried to abduct two girls ages 14 and 15. 

When officers arrived, the victims told officers a man driving a red car pulled up next to them, spoke in a foreign language and tried to get them into his car. The girls refused and told the man to leave.

The man then unbuckled his seatbelt and began to get out of his car. However, he quickly sped off when one of the girls began calling someone on her cell phone. As he drove off, she got a photo of the car.

The two girls provided the photo of the car and license plate to the sheriff's deputy which led them to locate the vehicle parked behind St. Monica's Church at approximately 9 p.m. that evening. 

The deputies contacted a man who they believed was the suspect at a house near the church but when deputies attempted to speak with him, the man provided a false name. Deputies were able to correctly identify the man as 42-year-old Miguel Martinez Hernandez of Orland.

Hernandez had a warrant out for his arrest in Colusa County for annoying or molesting a child.

Deputies arrested Hernandez in Glenn County for providing false information to a peace officer, as well as for the Colusa County warrant.

The case was referred to the Glenn County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

In a press release from the sheriff's office, they credit the girls with fast-acting in the situation:

"The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office attributes the successful apprehension of the suspect and safety of the public to the quick thinking of the juveniles who used their cell phones to both deter the suspect from any further action and to identify the vehicle."

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