SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KTVU) - City police say a brazen, broad daylight crime took place on the southbound side of Washington Avenue, a busy, four-lane road. Around 7:45 Thursday morning, a 23-year-old woman was walking to work when a kidnapping suspect pulled up in his car, jumped out and pepper-sprayed the victim in the face— then tried to drag her into his car..
She told police she could feel her heels about to be pulled inside his car.
"I think he set out that he was gonna do something and he was looking for the right victim," said police Lieutenant Ron Clark. "He found the place to stop and wait for that victim."
Unbeknownst to the suspect, a Good Samaritan watching from his car saw the crime and was able to thwart the actions. The unidentified man in his mid-20s lives in the Terrace Garden apartments, according to his friend Bruce Burns.
Police say the Good Samaritan pulled over and jumped out of his car, and stopped the attempted crime, all the while getting pepper-sprayed in the face too.
"It’s a big thing to save someone from that," said Burns. When asked if his friend is a hero, he responded, "oh yeah, definitely."
Police say the attacker sped off, driving a Silver Nissan Altima or Sentra with tinted windows and spoke rims.
But there's no license plate information, so detectives released a composite sketch of the suspect and are hopeful some will recognize him.
The suspect was dressed in nice clothing, a collared shirt, black pants and shoes –with a thin rimmed glasses and a goatee.