Merced police investigating assault and kidnapping on W. Childs Avenue


Merced police said they’re investigating an assault and kidnapping of a female victim that occurred late Wednesday in the 900 block of West Childs Avenue.

Police were called about a report of an assault and kidnapping of a female victim, whose name wasn't released. She was visiting a friend at her apartment on West Childs Avenue when an acquaintance named Kao Saeteurn showed up at the residence demanding to talk to the female victim, according to a police news release.

Saeteurn, who was interested in dating the victim, beat on a window of the apartment and demanded to speak with her, according to police. As soon as she went outside to talk to Saeteurn he assaulted her, then dragged her across the parking lot and forced her into his car, the news release said.

Saeteurn then left the area with the victim against her will. Meanwhile, the woman who the victim was visiting called police. Officers were searching the area when the victim was dropped of by Saeteurn at the Walgreens at Olive Avenue and G Street.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Kao Fahm Saeteurn should call the Merced Police Department Detective Division at (209) 385-4702 or the tip-line at (209) 385-4725.

--Sun-Star Staff