In a disturbing incident captured on surveillance cameras, a man has been arrested in East Los Angeles following an apparent kidnapping. The incident unfolded on Monday night around 8:38 p.m. on the 3800 block of E. Third Street, as reported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The surveillance footage revealed a confrontation between a man and a woman who was attempting to board a Montebello Transit bus. As the situation escalated, the bus driver and a passenger attempted to intervene. However, the man reportedly shattered a bus window and retrieved a gun from his nearby car. Alarming onlookers, the man then aimed the weapon at the bus driver before seemingly coaxing the woman into his vehicle.
Authorities have identified the arrested individual as “Suspect Flores.” Several hours after the kidnapping, LAPD officers from the Newton Division took the suspect into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. During the arrest, officers discovered a replica weapon in the suspect’s car, matching the description of the firearm used during the kidnapping. Fortunately, following the suspect’s apprehension, law enforcement successfully located the woman unharmed. It was later revealed that she had a prior relationship with the suspect.
The investigation into this distressing incident is still ongoing, with authorities working diligently to gather additional evidence and information. Officials are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or possesses relevant details to come forward and contact the Major Crimes Bureau Tip Line at 562-946-7893 or the East Los Angeles Sheriff Station at 323-264-4151. Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com.
This shocking incident serves as a reminder of the importance of community vigilance and the critical role surveillance systems play in assisting law enforcement. The swift response from authorities and the safe recovery of the woman involved highlight the dedication of local law enforcement agencies in ensuring public safety and swiftly addressing criminal activity.