The man, who police have not identified, is suspected in a domestic violence assault and the kidnapping of that teen girl. “This man in a pickup was going by with four flat tires and about 17 squad cars behind him,” witness Ronnie Tellez said. Tellez said he spotted the suspect as his grandchildren were walking home from school in the neighborhood. “He turned left on Mello Court but he probably didn’t know it was a court … so he was stuck,” Tellez said. “He forced himself onto a man who was working on his car and forced him and all of his kids in the house.” FOX40 spoke to that man who said he and his daughter were hostages. He said everyone is doing OK but they were still shaken up. Another witness said as the suspect drove by, the girl was in the passenger seat with the seat fully reclined so it would appear no one was there. “He had a girl with him and he used her as a shield,” Tellez said, which was later confirmed by Sgt. Briggs. Tellez said the suspect held onto her by putting her in a chokehold. Police have not given a motive for the suspect’s actions but believe the teen girl and suspect know each other. Neighbors were anxious for it all to come to an end but were grateful no one was seriously hurt. “This, all the action, it was crazy,” Tellez told FOX40.
UPDATE from @SacPolice on the ongoing standoff on Mello Court: An adult female hostage who was left inside the house with armed suspect…. being hailed as a hero for getting them BOTH out alive. @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/otuWOdQf3a— Sonseeahray Tonsall (@tonsalltv) October 30, 2019
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police say an armed man who fled into an Oak Park home Tuesday with a teenage hostage has been taken into custody. By Wednesday morning, police said eight hostages had safely escaped the Mello Court house, where the armed man fled after leading police on a slow-speed chase Tuesday afternoon. Sacramento Police Sgt. Sabrina Briggs said two of the hostages, a woman and the 13-year-old girl, who was believed to have been kidnapped by the suspect when the situation all began, were the last to safely escape around 8:14 a.m. Briggs told reporters the woman acted heroically, grabbing the teenager when the suspect wasn’t looking and running out of the home.