WOODLAND (CBS13) – Woodland Police arrested a 23-year-old transient Wednesday in connection to Sunday’s attempted kidnapping at a shopping center.
Kyle Hall was arrested without incident in a parking lot in the 1700 block of E. Main Street, and was booked in Yolo County Jail on charges of false imprisonment and attempted kidnapping.
Police were called to the Westgate Shopping Center at 367 West Main Street at about 3:35 p.m. on Sunday after a 31-year-old woman reported an attempted kidnapping.
The woman said she was walking in between parked cars when Hall, sitting in a white pickup truck, opened the door and blocked her way. He reportedly grabbed the woman’s hair and tried to pull her toward the truck.
The victim got away after she screamed for help and a bystander came to help her. The suspect let the woman go and drove away, police said.
“It’s always good in a situation like that to be loud be boisterous, seek help,” Woodland Police Sgt. Steve Guthrie said.
It happened in front of Razz Yogurt and a salon.
“I heard it was during broad daylight so takes a lot of guts to do that,” Razz Yogurt owner Ernesto Villanueva said Monday.
“I hope they catch him and hang him,” shopper Diana Tabarez said. “If they don’t catch him now, he’ll get someone later and hurt them.”
Police describe the suspect as violent.
“We consider it to be a violent action yes, someone to be fearful of,” Guthrie said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s, with a large build, dark hair, and a mustache, wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, green sweat pants and no shoes.
The vehicle was described as a white, compact, 1990s model pickup.
In the past couple of months, Woodland Police have received several calls about a suspicious white truck seen around area schools. They do not know if it is the same truck and say it would be odd for a suspect to move from children to an adult woman, however, it does “raise red flags” for police.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.