VIDEO: Suspect arrested in San Leandro attempted kidnapping

Sketch of the suspect released by San Leandro PD
Sketch of the suspect released by San Leandro PD


SAN LEANDRO (KRON) — Police arrested a man in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a woman in San Leandro, according to authorities.

The attempted kidnapping occurred on July 18 on 14700 block of Washington Avenue.

The 23-year-old woman was walking to work when the suspect emerged from between two parked cars and pepper sprayed her, blinding her.

He knocked her down and started dragging her to a silver Nissan. A man walking by stopped and tried to help her but was also pepper-sprayed by the suspect.

The man was able to keep a grip on the suspect despite being continually pepper-sprayed. Eventually, the suspect broke free and fled in the Nissan, police said.

Police arrived and the man and woman were both treated for their exposure to the pepper spray.

“This was a great example of a lot of forces coming together to make our community safe,” said acting police chief Jeff Tudor.

The San Leandro Police Department will held a press conference Tuesday afternoon with details on the arrest.

“We are safe because the suspect is now behind bars,” said Lt. Robert McManus.

He called the man who stopped the kidnapping from happening as a “Good Samaritan” and “a hero”.

The Good Samaritan has been identified as Yong-Sung Leal.

“We have surveillance photos, we have a very positive identification of the suspect,” McManus said.

San Leandro police received a call from an Oakland business owner who saw the suspected car used in the crimes.

Police were able to identify a suspect by looking at the car parked outside an Oakland business despite not having any license plate number on it.

A 43-year-old man from Orange County has been arrested in the crime. He had just been paroled for another violent crime.

When the man realized police were on his trail, he abandoned his car and got onto an airplane trying to avoid arresting officers, McManus said.

“We worked with the federal government and the FBI,” he said. “We will continue to work with them.”

Officers found the suspect had family was out of state and went to the state to arrest him.

The suspect has been arrested for kidnapping, car jacking, assault with a deadly weapon.

“Scientific evidence and technological evidence puts him at the scene of the crime,” McManus said.

San Leandro police are still investigating the case.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name because they do not want to jeopardize the investigation.

Originally, police suspected the man was connected to another attempted kidnapping that happened a week later.

He is no longer a suspect in the case.

Stay with KRON4 News for updates

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