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Turlock police: Man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old Turlock man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, authorities said.

The woman, 25, escaped after being driven around west Turlock for a couple of hours. She suffered bruises and was treated for chest pains at Emanuel Hospital.

The suspect, Jesus Rodriguez, was arrested later in the evening at his job, according to Lt. Steve Williams.

The incident began at 7:30 p.m. after the woman left her house to go jogging. While at Donnelly Park, Williams said Rodriguez drove up, approached her and pulled her into the car.

He drove around the west side of Turlock. At one point, she was able to call her mother on her cell phone. Rodriguez took the phone from her and tossed it out the window, Williams said.

He was then driving in an area near South Tegner Road when he pulled into a private driveway to turn around, Williams said. The woman got out of the car and escaped as he grabbed her arm, Williams said.

By now, it was about 9:20 p.m. She used the phone of a nearby resident to call her ex-husband to pick her up. They went to the mother’s house of the suspect, Williams said, to tell her what her son had done.

Police were eventually called, and Rodriguez was arrested an hour later.

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