Isla Vista woman kidnapped and robbed
February 10, 2015
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for kidnappers who are believed to have abducted an Isla Vista woman and stolen cash that they forced her to withdraw. [KEYT]
The woman is unharmed, according to sheriff’s investigators. After kidnapping her, the suspects drove the woman to her bank, where they forced her to withdraw cash, then returned to the area of the abduction and released her.
Investigators say the kidnapping occurred around 3 p.m. Monday in the 6700 block of Abrego Road. Two Hispanic men, one in his 30s and the other in his 50s, allegedly forced her into a 2005 tan Chevy Tahoe.
After her release, the victim managed to write down the license plate number of the vehicle. The suspected plate number is 6ZEM856.
Sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and UCSB police all responded to the scene after the victim called 911, but they did not locate the getaway vehicle. A helicopter also assisted in the search.
UCSB officials responded to the incident by encouraging Isla Vista residents to use the buddy system.
Sheriff’s investigators are urging the public to be on the lookout for the getaway vehicle and to report any information about the incident to a hotline at (805) 681-4171 or online at www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.