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A California Highway Patrol supervisor who was completing his shift early Saturday morning near Bridgeport in Mono County apparently interrupted an alleged kidnapping in progress and a suspect is in custody, according to the CHP.

The CHP reported that Erick Alexander Luna, 47, of Lancaster, was charged with kidnapping, felony domestic violence, terrorist threats and “assault likely to produce great bodily injury” after the CHP officer saw a vehicle stuck on the side of the road near Sonora Pass Road (SR 108) and U.S. Highway 395 early Saturday.

According to the Bridgeport CHP, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the CHP supervisor was traveling north on U.S. Highway 395 at the conclusion of his shift when he noticed a vehicle stuck on the right shoulder of the highway just south of S.R. 108.

“As the patrol vehicle approached the shoulder, a young woman came running toward the CHP supervisor and jumped inside his patrol vehicle,” according to the CHP. “The woman was shaking, could not speak and followed by an adult male. The CHP sergeant asked the woman if she felt safe and she shook her head ‘No.’”

The adult male, identified as Luna, was then detained and separated from the woman, the CHP reported.

A CHP officer and a Mono County Sheriff deputy promptly arrived and conducted a thorough investigation, determining the young woman had allegedly been kidnapped and violently attacked on the shoulder of the road, according to the CHP.

The alleged victim told CHP that she and Luna had been dating but she had recently told him that she just wanted to be friends. She said the two were on their way to Carson City, Nevada, for a job when things got heated and she wanted to go back to home.

Luna was arrested and booked into the Mono County Jail for kidnapping, felony domestic violence, terrorist threats and assault likely to produce great bodily injury charges, the CHP reported.

The young woman was taken to an undisclosed place of safety and a local advocacy group responded to assist in her care, the CHP reported.

CHP Bridgeport Area Felony Investigation personnel responded to the scene and the investigation into the alleged crimes continues.

“CHP Bridgeport appreciates the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s deputy who responded, as well as the local advocacy group who came to the victim’s aide,” CHP stated.

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