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Kidnapping victim saved after flagging down help as suspect slept, Chula Vista police say

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 21:33:57-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Police say they rescued a kidnapping victim this week, after the man was able to signal for help through a car's cracked window as the suspect tasked with guarding him slept.

Sunday night, a 36-year-old man was attacked by two men and thrown into a pick-up truck while walking to his car from a restaurant in the 600 block of Broadway, Chula Vista Police said.

Police said the suspects took the victim to a second location near Sequoia St. and Presidio Point Ct. and handed him off to a third suspect waiting in a parked car. While the suspect in the front seat was supposed to be watching the victim in the backseat, he fell asleep instead, police say.

Police say that's when the victim was able to signal for help, waving a white cloth out of a slightly cracked open window in the backseat. A passerby spotted the victim flagging for help at about 11:30 a.m. Monday and called police.

Police arrived and rescued the man and arrested the sleeping guard.

That's when the suspected pick-up originally used to abduct the victim drove past, police said. Police say they arrested one of the two men inside the truck who they believe to have been involved with Sunday's incident.

Police are still looking for a third suspect.

The motive behind the abduction remains unclear, police said, but it didn't appear the victim knew the kidnappers.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the ordeal, police added.