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Pepper spray use saves woman from suspected abduction, officials say

Posted on June 8th, 2016

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By Glen Faison

Incident bears similarities to case of missing teen Pearl Pinson

VALLEJO — A woman whose friend was reportedly being dragged off Friday by a man saved her friend by using pepper spray to deter the would-be kidnapper, authorities said.

The incident bears similarities to the suspected abduction late last month of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson, who still has not been found and whose suspected abductor was later shot and killed.

Authorities report that they received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday of a kidnapping related to domestic violence in the Home Acres area of Vallejo, during which a woman was seen being dragged from the area against her will.

The victim’s friend was nearby and used pepper spray to distract the man, which allowed the victim to escape, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement about the incident. Neither woman was seriously injured but the victim’s child was inside the friend’s car and witnessed the incident, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies tracked down an 18-year-old man and arrested him on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, child endangerment and domestic violence, the Sheriff’s Office reports. The man’s name was not released but a teen was jailed about three hours after the incident on allegations that mirror those described by authorities.

Elijah E. Summerise, 18, was arrested Friday on the 1500 block of Magazine Street in Vallejo and was booked by sheriff’s deputies into the county jail shortly after 11:45 p.m. on suspicion of kidnapping and false imprisonment, both felonies, and domestic battery and willful cruelty to a child, both misdemeanors, according to jail booking records.

Bail was a combined $132,500.

Friday’s incident occurred near where a bleeding and screaming Pinson was seen being dragged by a man armed with a gun shortly before 7 a.m. May 25 from the pedestrian walkway over Interstate 780. Pinson was on her way to school at the time, but never arrived.

The walkway links Lewis Avenue and Taylor Avenue in the Home Acres area of Vallejo.

Fernando Castro, 19, of Vallejo, was identified as Pinson’s suspected kidnapper. Castro was shot and killed during a gunfight with authorities the afternoon of May 26 in Solvang, near Santa Barbara, but Pinson was not found. The search for her has continued.

Authorities have said that Pinson and Castro were acquaintances but that Pinson was taken against her will.

Pink Pepper Spray For WomenPinson is white, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair that’s dyed green, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack.

Anyone with information about Pinson’s whereabouts is asked to call 784-1963, or to call 911 or 421-7090 if the information is urgent.

Sheriff’s officials encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or who knows someone who is a victim of domestic violence to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or the Solano County Office of Family Violence Prevention at 784-7635.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

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