Suspect sought in alleged kidnap, vehicle theft |

Suspect sought in alleged kidnap, vehicle theft

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for a man suspected of pulling a gun on a Nevada County acquaintance, forcing him to drive to Sacramento and eventually taking his truck.

The victim, who was not being identified, called West Sacramento police Sunday to report the incident, which apparently began Friday afternoon. The case was referred back to Nevada County, and the Sheriff’s Office took a report.

The man said that a friend he knew from high school, who he said he knows as “Allen” or “Woody,” asked him for help moving his girlfriend’s mother’s stuff to Reno, said Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

The victim brought his pickup truck to a residence in Grass Valley, and Woody asked him for a ride out past Greenhorn Access Road, Salivar said.

At some point, Woody reportedly pulled a gun on the victim and told him to drive to Auburn.

“While he was driving, Woody was smoking meth,” Salivar said. “Then he takes a large amount of meth and hides it somewhere in the truck.”

The victim was forced to drive around Auburn, and then to Sacramento, where Woody made a “bunch of drug deals” and also tried to sell a possibly stolen laptop, Salivar said.

The two then reportedly drove to the victim’s bank, where Woody made him withdraw all his money, about $280.

They continued to drive all around Sacramento and even to a casino before checking into a hotel, Salivar said.

“When (the victim) woke up Sunday afternoon, Woody and his truck were gone,” Salivar said.

The victim’s truck is described as a 2004 white Toyota Tacoma and has been seen in the Grass Valley area, according to dispatch reports. The suspect is described as about 30, 5-foot-9, with a buzz cut and a snake tattoo on his right calf.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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