WEST SACRAMENTO --
The man accused of kidnapping a West Sacramento woman, and who was arrested after a police pursuit, says there was no kidnapping.
Durell Jones, 29, told FOX40 from the Yolo CountyJail that he, the alleged victim and another woman were driving last night and that he drove the alleged victim back to the townhouse they shared on 5th and E streets and that she did not escape with the help of her boyfriend.
The other woman, who only wanted to be known as Shanice, said the three had dinner and at no time was she held against her will.
“Everything was her own free will, no one made her do anything, he didn’t kidnap her ... you can’t kidnap her and have someone in the car who is not willing to cooperate with the police that it was a kidnapping," said Shanice.
Durell Jones said he wasn't trying to get away during what police said was a slow speed pursuit and that he intended to stop.
“I didn’t run, but I just drove off ... I was trying to make a phone call at first to let my family know that OK... I was about to get arrested," said Durell Jones.
A friend of the suspect, Nita Jones, said she witnessed the alleged victim's friends moving Durell Jones' furniture, clothes and other property from the townhouse after moving her own things the night before.
FOX40 was told by a woman who said she was related to the alleged victim that she was emotionally distressed and felt unsafe and wanted to move out.
But Durell Jones claims money was also a factor.
"She knew I had a little bit of money in the house, and she got me locked up and took my money," he said.
Police say the woman was emotionally shaken but didn't have physical injuries.
Jones is being charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and using terrorist threats.