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Mountain View police arrest suspected kidnapper

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A 23-year-old man suspected of kidnapping two women on the same day has been arrested by Mountain View Police.

Police arrested Kenneth Middlebrook Monday (April 28) for allegedly kidnapping a woman Sunday night, forcing her into a vehicle and driving her around for several hours. Middlebrook took the victim to Amador County, where Ione police detained him. He now faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery and a single count of battery, as well as some misdemeanor charges.

Earlier Sunday, Middlebrook allegedly kidnapped a woman in San Jose. According to Mountain View Police, the chain of events unfolded when officers arrived at the 1400 block of North Shoreline Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. to assist the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in a hit-and-run crash on nearby highway 101. Police quickly learned that one of the motorists involved in the crash was Middlebrook’s San Jose victim, who told police she encountered him earlier in the day. She said Middlebrook convinced her to drive him to Mountain View in his car but later became agitated and held her against her will. The victim offered to drive Middlebrook elsewhere, but she instead intentionally crashed his car.

The woman then escaped the vehicle and told the other motorist involved in the crash about her ordeal. That motorist called 911 to report the crime, but not before Middlebrook took the wheel of his damaged car and drove away. The car was later found abandoned in a nearby parking lot, prompting Mountain View police to issue a bulletin to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

A second victim then contacted Mountain View Police Monday to report that Middlebrook kidnapped her, too. She told police that Middlebrook held her captive for several hours and he drove through parts of the east and north bay areas after he entered her home at 8 p.m. Sunday and forced her into her car. The victim told police she escaped when Middlebrook stopped in Ione and told her to wait as he exited the vehicle. The victim instead drove away and contacted local police, who found and detained Middlebrook until Mountain View Police arrived to take him into custody.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Mountain View Police at 903-6344.

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