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Man nabbed in alleged kidnapping

Dave Moller
Senior Staff Writer

An alleged kidnapping has a Grass Valley man behind bars on $100,000 bail after being arrested.

William Roberts, 58, was arrested and booked into the Nevada County jail on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a weapon, according to Grass Valley Police.

Roberts was driving on Pleasant Street about 1:06 p.m. when he spotted a man on the sidewalk who he mistakenly thought had been stealing belongings from his home, Capt. Dave Remillard said.

Roberts allegedly pulled over, brandished a silver pistol ” which turned out to be a BB gun ” and ordered the victim into his car.

“The victim feared for his safety and got into the vehicle,” Remillard said. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The suspect drove the victim a short distance while discussing the theft from his home and later let him out, he said.

“It was obvious he had been through a traumatic incident,” said Remillard, referring to the victim. The victim’s name was not released to protect him and the integrity of the case.

The victim gave police a description of Roberts and the vehicle. He was located a short time later at a residence in the Walsh Street area.

Officers called a nearby Nevada City policeman, and they set up a perimeter around the home where Roberts was arrested.

A subsequent search of Roberts’ vehicle turned up the BB gun, which “resembled an actual firearm,” Remillard said.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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