SACRAMENTO — Sacramento police are looking for a woman who is missing after being pursued on city streets while trying to escape an ex-boyfriend allegedly threatening to hurt her, kidnap her and take her to Mexico.
Family members say this frightening scenario all got started at the El Mirador Mexican restaurant just before 7 p.m. Monday.
They say 41-year-old restaurant owner Araceli Zagoya has not been seen or heard from since.
According to them, she was serving customers when her ex-boyfriend of two months — Pedro Sanchez — stormed up to the front of the business, repeating the kind of violent threats he’s recently made online.
Then he apparently started beating himself in the head with some glass bottles, drawing blood.
Zagoya took off in her car, trying to get away, but her children say Sanchez jumped over a fence and then into a waiting car to chase her.
“I just want her to be OK. She’s smart,” said Zagoya’s son, Jesus Galvan, as tears streamed down his face.
He says Zagoya had filed a restraining order against Sanchez two weeks ago.
It has now been more than 24 hours without a trace, and Sacramento police say they have checked hospitals and looked into cell phone records and financial transactions and found no clue to Zagoya’s whereabouts. There have also been no positive hits on electronic license plate readers.
Zagoya is described as about 5 feet tall.
If you’ve seen her or her 2011 charcoal gray Chevy Malibu license plate 6ZPE982, Sacramento police want to hear from you.