Visalia Police officers say Christopher Frausto kidnapped his ex-wife and their seven-year-old son from their home Saturday evening at gunpoint. He then forced them to stay with him at a motel in Visalia overnight, where officers say he sexually assaulted his ex wife.
Police were called to the area Sunday morning, after the woman escaped and flagged down a passing motorist. The victim was able to get out of the motel room by climbing out of a bathroom window.
A swat team surrounded the area when Frausto refused to leave the room. Following a short standoff, the suspect released the seven-year-old. Then, about three hours after that, Frausto surrendered to police.
Sgt. Brent abbott said, "It's a scary situation. You just don't know if he's going to come out shooting at you, or harm others. So that's a part of the reason we evacuate people and use cover."
Frausto now faces kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He had previously been in prison on weapons and drug related charges.NEWS BY LOCATION | ABC30 BLOGS | DISCUSSION FORUMS
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