Person of interest held in Fresno kidnapping case

FRESNO, Calif.

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The suspect almost perfectly fit the description given by the 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped from a mall parking lot. Police are waiting for DNA evidence before they charge him in that case, but he appeared in court Friday on two other cases.

Police surrounded a north Fresno neighborhood the night of the kidnapping at Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall. They came up empty that night, but new court documents reveal they may have caught the suspect the next day.

The man held a 20-year-old woman at knifepoint in the Macy's parking lot, forced her to withdraw $400 from a nearby ATM, and demanded a sexual act before the victim jumped out of her own moving car.

A search warrant shows a trail leading to a man who almost perfectly fit the victim's description of the suspect, right down to the color of his boxers.

Court documents show police arrested the 22-year-old suspect just a few blocks from the mall and walking distance from where the victim's car was found.

Police said he was in possession of a large amount of meth and the suspect was in court Friday on similar charges from last year. We're not showing his face because he hasn't been charged yet in the kidnapping.

The warrant says the victim couldn't identify him in a lineup because he was wearing sunglasses as the time of the crime. It also says police collected the suspect's few possessions, among them were sunglasses.

Police expect the DNA evidence to come back as soon as next week. Because one of his cases from last year was a battery, the sheriff's department is likely to keep the suspect in jail until the evidence comes back.

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