Nearly kidnapping in West Hollywood thwarted by Good Samaritan who saw man hold a…

‘Kidnapping’ is foiled by LA cops after Good Samaritan sees a man stuffing an unconscious woman in his van in West Hollywood

  • Fernando Diaz, 50, was charged with kidnapping around 3 a.m. Friday
  • A witness rebuffed authorities when he saw a man drive off in his van with an unconscious woman in West Hollywood’s nightclub district
  • Diaz was released on a $100,000 bond and was released on Saturday
  • The kidnapped woman was drunk and confused, but unharmed, according to police
  • Relatives told news outlets that Diaz is employed by a medical transport company and may have been trying to help the woman

Fernando Diaz of Palmdale, 50, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Friday by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of kidnapping.

A witness may have saved an unconscious woman’s life after seeing a man carrying her to a waiting van at closing time in a West Hollywood entertainment district.

Fernando Diaz of Palmdale, 50, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Friday by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of kidnapping.

He was released on Saturday pending trial on $100,000 bail, the ministry said.

A Good Samaritan had spotted Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Herrera after witnessing Diaz carrying the unconscious woman in his white 1997 Dodge Ram van.

Police said the woman had recently left a bar on Melrose Avenue near Robertson Boulevard.

Herrera told KNBC TV Channel 4 that he started chasing the offending van. When Diaz noticed him, he stopped and walked away from the vehicle.

The officer opened the van and found the woman inside who “appeared confused, didn’t know where she was, didn’t know what van she was in,” but was otherwise unharmed.

“If the deputy hadn’t intervened, he would have left with her,” Lieutenant Jose Aguirre of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Substation told the LA Times.

Diaz was arrested, but two people, who claim to be relatives, insist it was a misunderstanding.

They told KNBC that Diaz was employed by a medical transport company for disabled patients and was simply trying to help the heavily intoxicated woman.

A witness alerted police when he saw Diaz put an unconscious woman in his 1997 Dodge Ram van and drive away

A witness alerted police when he saw Diaz put an unconscious woman in his 1997 Dodge Ram van and drive away

Delegates are still investigating the incident;  two alleged relatives of Diaz said he is employed by a medical transport company and may have been trying to help the victim

Delegates are still investigating the incident; two alleged relatives of Diaz said he is employed by a medical transport company and may have been trying to help the victim

The alleged kidnapping took place after the woman left a bar on Melrose Avenue near Robertson Boulevard (intersection pictured)

The alleged kidnapping took place after the woman left a bar on Melrose Avenue near Robertson Boulevard (intersection pictured)

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