Investigation Continuing into Commerce Kidnapping

COMMERCE (CNS) - A man who allegedly kidnapped a woman at gunpoint in Commerce was in custody Thursday.

William Garcia, 32, of Commerce was arrested about 2 p.m. Wednesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was held on $1.2 million bail, and his car was recovered and impounded.

"The female victim involved in the incident on Tuesday ... was found safe and unharmed," the sheriff's department reported. "She is being questioned by detectives for more information regarding the incident."

According to the sheriff's department, the woman was walking and talking on her cell phone at 4:21 p.m. Tuesday, and appeared to be trying to get away from somebody.

As she approached the 2200 block of Couts Avenue, the suspect pulled his car into a nearby driveway, got out of the car, hit the victim with a pistol and forced her into the passenger side of the vehicle and drove away south of Cowlin Avenue. The encounter was caught on surveillance video.

A sheriff's department official told ABC7 the kidnapping may have been a ``possible domestic dispute."

The name of the victim was not released. Anyone with information on the kidnapping was asked to call the Sheriff's Major Crime Bureau at 562-946- 7037. Callers who choose to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222- 8477.

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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