Albemarle County Police Investigate Abduction

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin
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May 11, 2006

Police have arrested one man in connection with an abduction in Albemarle County. Still, unsure of his connection to the victim in the crime they are moving forward with the case.

The abduction stretched for miles along Interstate 64, starting in Southwood, it ended just outside Charlottesville.

"We were able to determine a location of the suspect and the victim. It was on I-64 going eastbound," said Lieutenant John Teixeira of the Albemarle County Police Department.

Virginia State Troopers spotted a car driven by the alleged abductor posted on a regional look-out report. Also in the car, was a woman who talked to a friend on a cellular phone, and told her she was abducted.

"The phone call made a critical difference, and the victim is very lucky that [she] has a concerned friend" added Lt. Teixeira.

While continuing to drive behind the alleged suspect, troopers notified the local police department for help.

Troopers followed the car until reaching exit 120. Thinking quickly, they were able to force the suspect to drive along the off-ramp at the Fifth Street Extended, which is just one mile from the Albemarle County Police Department.

County police were waiting for the alleged suspect's car. Once off the interstate, 26-year-old Salateil Hernandes was arrested.

The woman, who police are calling an acquaintance of the driver, was not hurt. Both are believed to be residents of Albemarle County.

No matter how the pair know each other, police are ready to press charges.

"It's irrelevant. [The] bottom line is, you can not take somebody against their will away from where they want to be. Period," said Lt. Teixeira.

One of the warrants for Hernandes was assault. The 26-year-old is now charged with abduction and another count of assault and battery. The alleged victim was not hurt.

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