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Oakland man arrested in Chula Vista on suspicion of battering woman during 15-hour ordeal

April 1, 2011 | 12:23 pm


A 42-year-old Oakland man has been arrested in Chula Vista on suspicion of kidnapping a woman in the Northern California city and subjecting her to a 15-hour ordeal that included beating her and stuffing her in the trunk of her car as he drove toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

The victim told police that she and Marco Velasquez had once had a relationship but had separated and that he tricked her into a meeting Thursday, officials said.

She said Velasquez held her at knifepoint, blackened her eyes, knocked out several teeth and then bound and gagged her, police reported. He allegedly threatened to kill her once they got to Mexico.

Instead, she managed to remove the gag and, talking through the back seat of the car, persuaded Velasquez to stop at a hospital in Chula Vista so she could receive care before they continued to Mexico, police said.

Hospital officials called police about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Police arrested Velasquez while he sat in the waiting room. He was charged in Alameda County  with nine felony counts of kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual assault, terrorist threats and domestic violence.


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Photo: Marco Velasquez.  Credit: Fox5 San Diego