Police Hear Woman Plead With Possible Kidnapper on Open Line Phone Call, Rescue Her and Arrest Ex-Boyfriend

Published : Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 8:27 AM

Police are investigating the possible kidnapping of a 26-year-old Pasadena woman by her ex-boyfriend Saturday night after officers listened to her call her family for help, rescued her, and arrested her ex for a parole violation.

This is a developing story and the investigation remains underway as of this writing.

Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said that at 11:24 p.m. patrol officers responded to a Pasadena family that had received several “open line” phone calls from the young woman in which she could be heard pleading with someone to please take her home.

“As the officers were interviewing the reporting party, the family received another call from the victim. The officers heard the victim say, ‘Take me home. What are you doing?’” Taglioretti said.

The patrol officers attempted to locate the ex-boyfriend but were unable to do.

Detectives were called in, Taglioretti said.

Working into the early morning hours Sunday, detectives located the ex-boyfriend and the woman. She was unharmed.

As of Sunday morning, detectives have booked the ex-boyfriend on an unrelated matter — a parole violation — as they continue to investigate to determine all the facts surrounding the incident.

Arrested on a parole violation was Mark Espinoza, 27, of Pasadena.



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