Pomona Police Arrest Armed Kidnapping Suspect

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POMONA (CNS) - A 19-year-old kidnapping suspect taken into custody after police rescued his female victim during a traffic stop in Pomona was released from jail this morning, authorities said.

Rashad Shell of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and weapon violations, according to online inmate records, which reflected that his bail was set at $100,000 and he was released at 1:37 this morning. He's due in court in Pomona on Monday.

Police were called about 7 p.m. Thursday to the 300 block of West McKinley Avenue after receiving multiple 911 calls about a screaming female begging for help, said Pomona police Cpl. Joe Hernandez.

Witnesses told police the female was being forced into a white Toyota Tacoma by a male. The victim was franticly screaming for help and stated the male suspect had a gun, Hernandez said.

Officers responded to the area and located the Tacoma as it was being driven away. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop in the area of White and Orange Grove avenues, where the female victim was seen lying in the back seat, Hernandez said.

The driver refused to comply with officers' commands to exit the Tacoma, Hernandez said.

``Due to the nature of the call, officers deployed an armored, tactical vehicle,'' Hernandez said. ``The armored vehicle was used for a tactical advantage in order to prevent the suspect from escaping.''

After several minutes of negotiations with Shell, officers approached the vehicle and took him into custody without incident. The female victim was rescued from the vehicle and treated by the fire personnel at the scene, Hernandez said.

Police found a loaded firearm and several rounds of ammunition in the Tacoma, within close reach of Shell, Hernandez said.

Shell was arrested and booked at the Pomona Police Station.

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