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Fried ride: transient accused of forcing man to drive him to KFC

A 21-year-old transient faces a slew of charges after allegedly hopping into a stranger’s car and forcing the man to ferry him to a Mountain View KFC restaurant.

Alberto Ulloa-Avila
Ulloa-Avila

Mountain View Police officers arrested Alberto Ulloa-Avila shortly after Saturday’s incident and charged him with kidnapping, making criminal threats, vehicle theft, violating a protective order and driving on a suspended license.

The carjacking started in downtown San Jose at approximately 3 a.m. According to a Mountain View Police Department report, Ulloa-Avila climbed into a 31-year-old San Jose man’s car as the driver attempted to find a parking spot near the intersection of Santa Clara and 14th streets. Ulloa-Avila allegedly demanded the driver take him wherever he desired under threat of physical harm.

The intended destination, apparently, was the KFC located in the 600 block of West El Camino Real in Mountain View. The report indicates Ulloa-Avila attempted to rob the driver upon their arrival and then commandeered the vehicle when the driver evaded him on foot. He chased the victim across El Camino Real, which is where police officers found the pair when they responded to calls about the crime. They arrested Ulloa-Avila without further incident.

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