A man who allegedly fooled a couple into thinking he was a firefighter, then kidnapped the woman in order to sexually batter her, was free on bail Wedneday.
Richard Allen Perez, 29, of Rocklin, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of kidnapping, sexual battery and impersonating a firefighter, according to Citrus Heights police Sgt. Eric Mattke.
Bail amounts and arraignment information were not available on the sheriff's jail website.
The incident began about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, when officers got a call that a woman had been kidnapped, taken by someone in a white, Chevrolet Tahoe.
Officers quickly found the vehicle, but the woman had managed to get away from the suspect, who was caught and arrested, the sergeant told Patch.
The woman had gotten away from the suspect in the area of Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights and the suspect was found a few miles down on Greenback, Mattke told Patch.
The situation began when the woman and her husband met the suspect at a Folsom bar and, having had a little too much to drink, they accepted a ride from the stranger.
Mattke said the suspect had identified himself as a firefighter and flashed a bogus badge, “which was determined to be fake later; according to the suspect, he purchased it online," the sergeant told Patch.
The couple lived a few miles from the bar and were headed home when they all stopped at a restaurant, apparently because the husband needed a restroom, the sergeant said.
The man was gone for a little while, leaving the woman alone in the vehicle with the suspect, but when he got back, the couple parted ways with the suspect, Mattke told Patch.
A chase ensued and the suspect grabbed the woman and punched the man, taking off with her in his Tahoe and committing sexual battery on her as he drove, police said.
Sexual battery involves touching someone over the clothing, the sergeant explained to Patch.
Somehow the woman managed to get out of the vehicle soon after, and the suspect took off, police said.