Man Suspected in Real Estate Agent’s Kidnapping Arrested

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The man suspected of kidnapping a real estate Thursday night in Elk Grove has been arrested.

Officers arrested 47-year-old David Burnhart, a registered sex offender. A search warrant was issued for Burnhart's Lodi home, and he was arrested in Modesto.

Burnhart is accused of handcuffing a real estate agent during an appointment at a home in a newer development.

Police say the agent was unharmed.

"She realized once the suspect exited the model she could close the door and protect herself inside the property," Elk Grove Police spokesperson Chris Trim said.

The agent was able to flag down a security guard who was able to get her to a safer location.

"I feel sorry for that woman," Sacramento Association of Realtors President Paula Swayne said. "She didn't deserve what happened to her and it was very, very scary."

The brazen crime has some questioning the safety of real estate agents. Swayne says her peers walk a fine line between being polite and protected.

"If we get calls and they say, 'I want to come see your listing in 20 mins,' now what do you do? You don't know the person," Swayne said.

Swayne says agents should always meet buyers in an office first, with other people around.

Burnhart was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of robbery, burglary, making terrorist threats, being a felon in possession of a firearm, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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