COBRA detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported Tuesday night that an estranged husband who allegedly kidnapped his wife from a Canyon Country location on April 9 is now in custody.
Here’s more of the story from the station’s social media:
“The suspect, identified as Reuben Castellanos, 22, reportedly threatened the victim’s life while she was in his vehicle, disabled her cell phone, and planned to take her to Mexico where ‘no one would be able to find her body.’
“While being held captive in the suspect’s vehicle, the victim convinced the suspect to stop at a Topanga shopping mall so that she use the restroom. The suspect finally agreed and escorted her to a ‘family bathroom’ so that he could keep a watchful eye on her.
“In the mall, the victim spotted a security officer, and felt it was an opportunity to save her life. The victim got the officer’s attention when she yelled she was being kidnapped. The officer at first thought the victim was joking, until he saw the man accompanying her flee the location.
“After COBRA detectives became aware of the kidnapping, an intensive investigation was launched. Individuals were interviewed, leads were followed seeking the whereabouts of suspect Castellanos, who had a prior criminal history and gang connections. Detectives had a ‘WANT’ for Castellanos put into a database shared by other law enforcement agencies.
“On Saturday, May 18, there was a break in the case. Los Angeles Police officers responded to a call for service in the San Fernando Valley for a reported assault. Upon arrival, officers deemed no crime had occurred, however, while checking the identification of parties at the location, they made a discovery. One of the individuals, Reuben Castellanos, was a wanted person out of Santa Clarita.
“LAPD officers immediately notified SCV Sheriff’s deputies, and a unit was dispatched to the West Valley Station in Reseda to retrieve the suspect, transporting him to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail, where he remains in custody, on $70,000 bail.
“The Los Angeles District Attorney reviewed the case on Tuesday, May 21, and several felony charges are being filed against Castellanos.”