The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann have learned that prosecutors have charged a La Crescenta man with assault, battery, and attempted kidnapping after he allegedly tried to abduct two women in the San Fernando Valley.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect attempted to abduct two women: one in North Hollywood and another in Valley Village. The LAPD said both the women fought the man and managed to escape. They also indicated that they were looking for a third victim the suspect may have intended to abduct.
The 37 year-old-suspect was arrested in the La Crescenta-Montrose area while he was allegedly following another woman who was jogging on a side-street. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that investigators believe the man may have been involved in an attempted abduction in the past from a school in the Glendale/Burbank area.
He is currently being held on a $2.2 million bail.
California kidnapping laws are mostly contained in California Penal Code Sections 207, 208, 209, and 209.5. Kidnapping is defined as when a person takes, holds, or detains another person by force or will to another place against his or her will. Prosecutors would have to prove intent in the case of an attempted kidnapping charge. Kidnapping is a serious felony, which, depending on the facts of the case, could lead to a life sentence.
Technically, assault and battery is not one crime, but two. An assault charge can be filed under California Penal Code 240 and is defined as an attempt to injure another person. A battery charge can be filed under California Penal Code 242 and is defined as when a person willfully and unlawfully uses force or violence upon another. It is impossible to commit battery without necessarily committing assault; however, one can commit assault without necessarily committing battery.
Attempted kidnapping, assault, and battery are very serious charges. The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann is dedicated to providing thorough and knowledgeable legal representation to those charged with kidnapping crimes in Los Angeles. Call us at (888) 744-7730 or contact us online for a free review of your case.