Man kidnaps batting coach, teen before carjacking elderly woman

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RAMONA, Calif. -- A batting coach and a 16-year-old boy were abducted in Kearny Mesa Wednesday and found in Ramona, where the suspect crashed the coach's Jeep and carjacked another vehicle to make his getaway, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies received a call at 10:20 a.m. about a collision at Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente roads. Inside the Jeep, they found the man and teenager, who told them they had been kidnapped this morning from a sports complex at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa.

They told deputies that after the crash, the kidnapping suspect carjacked an elderly woman who tried to help them, and was last seen headed south on Highway 67.

“At this point, this seems to be a legitimate case,'' San Diego Police Department spokesman Scott Wahl said.

According to a sheriff's statement, the suspect is believed to be driving the woman's silver Mercury SUV, California license plate number 6KLF075. The vehicle has a sunroof, roof rack and Kansas Jayhawks license plate frame in the rear.

The suspect was described as an unshaven white man between 50 and 60 years old, around 5-foot-9, with a thin build and wearing black sunglasses, a zippered hoodie, faded blue jeans and light-colored shoes.

He may have been injured in the crash and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Wahl, who said the man was a stranger to the teen and his coach.

The coach was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The teen and the woman were unhurt, Wahl said. Their names were not released.

The California Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Department and SDPD's robbery unit were involved in the investigation.


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