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Kidnapped man locked in back of truck manages to call police

February 3, 2012 |  3:20 pm

Costa Mesa police arrested two people Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and car theft after the alleged victim, who was still in the vehicle, was able to use a cellphone to provide street-by-street updates to police.

Dan Floyd Hillard, 42, of Oklahoma was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and kidnapping, and  another man was arrested but later released for lack of evidence, according to a Police Department news release.

Police say Hillard and the other man stole a delivery truck about 8 a.m. from the Chevron station at Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue. At the time, the alleged victim was in the back of the truck and had left the keys in the ignition, according to the Daily Pilot.

When the man felt the truck begin to move, he banged on the sides of the vehicle in an attempt to get Hillard's attention. The man phoned the police and was able to provide constant updates about his location.

Police said Hillard eventually pulled into the IKEA parking lot off South Coast Drive and tried to walk away after apologizing to the man.

The man, who was still on the phone with Costa Mesa police, directed arriving officers to the pair.

Hillard remains in custody at the Costa Mesa Police Department jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


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-- Sarah Peters, Times Community News

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