PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested and is suspected of kidnapping a woman from a California shopping center.
Authorities say 28-year-old Benjamin Sher confronted the woman in the parking lot of a shopping center in Petaluma shortly before 3 a.m. Friday and kidnapped her.
Officers went to the parking lot but couldn’t find the woman. Moments later, the victim called 911 from a home about five miles away and said she had been able to escape after Sher crashed a car into a tree.
Investigators said Sher was arrested after he ran into a nearby park. It wasn’t immediately clear if Sher knew the victim.
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He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, assault and drunken driving. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment.