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Lancaster man accused of kidnapping two women in Canyon Country

Suspect allegedly assaulted ex-girlfriend, threatened to kill her

Posted: May 11, 2012 6:20 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2012 6:20 p.m.

A Lancaster man suspected of kidnapping two women at knife-point in Canyon Country and assaulting one drove nearly 250 miles, crossing county lines at least three times, before turning himself in to Los Angeles police, an official said Friday.

David Taft, 21, allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and her friend - both 21 - from a residence on the 17000 block of Danielson Street in Canyon Country, said Detective Mark Gittens of the Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Bureau.

"Physical force - such as choking - was used during the kidnapping," Gittens said. "He also had a knife and we believe he had a gun. We haven't found (the gun) yet but we're certainly looking for it," the detective said.

Taft forced both women into his ex-girlfriend's car on Wednesday and drove at least 54 miles to Lakewood, where he left his ex-girlfriend's friend on Pioneer Boulevard, Gittens said.

Taft then bound his ex-girlfriend and assaulted her for several hours, the detective said. "He choked, slapped and hit her and threatened to kill her several times." Gittens said.

He did not sexually assault her, Gittens said.
From Lakewood, Taft drove at least 100 miles northeast to Rosamond in Kern County.

"He stopped at the McDonald's there," Gittens said. "They both went to the restroom, and the victim asked a clerk to call 911. She refused to get back in the car so Taft took off," the detective said.

From Rosamond, Taft drove at least 88 miles south to a Los Angeles Police Department station on the 7600 block of South Broadway.

"He turned himself in Thursday morning," Gittens said. "He was out of money and out of gas, and we think he'd been talking to family who may have convinced him to turn himself in."

Taft drove at least 242 over the course of the kidnapping and surrender.

He was taken to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and assigned a cell just before 2 a.m. Thursday, according to arrest records. He's being held on $100,000 bail, the records show.

"The incident started out in Santa Clarita as a domestic dispute," Sheriff's Department Lt. Bill Weiss said.

Taft is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court May 14 to face kidnapping charges, according to arrest records.





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