SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — A man who pepper sprayed a woman on a San Leandro street and attempted to kidnap her has been arrested, authorities announced Tuesday.
Details about the suspect and his arrest were to be released at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Police investigators had released a sketch of the suspect and asked for help tracking him down.
The 23-year-old woman was walking to work at about 7:45 a.m. on July 28th in the 14700 block of Washington Avenue 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 and the suspect also pepper-sprayed him.
But the man kept a grip on the suspect despite being continually pepper-sprayed. Eventually the suspect broke free and fled in the Nissan, police said.
The man and woman were both treated for their exposure to the pepper spray.
Witnesses described the suspect as a black man between 25 and 40 years old standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 165 and 185 pounds, according to police. He has short curly black afro-style hair and a full goatee.