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Suspect targets Turlock woman in kidnapping attempt
Rafael Galvan
Rafael Galvan

A Turlock man is facing criminal charges after trying to kidnap a woman at knifepoint.

The suspect, identified as Rafael Galvan, 30, was arrested on suspicion of kidnaping and brandishing a weapon, according to the Stanislaus County Jail records. He remains in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

The woman that Galvan allegedly targeted was able to escape from the ordeal without any serious injuries, according to the police report.

The woman was walking in the area of Geer Road and Hawkeye Avenue around 2 a.m. Wednesday when she was approached by the suspect.

Galvan had been in a red van that was parked in an area near the intersection, according to the police report.

As the woman was passing near the van, Galvan got out of the vehicle and attempted to pull her inside it, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The woman fought back and was able to avoid being forced into the van, Holeman said. She told investigators Galvan pushed her down to the ground and then ran back to his van.

While Galvan ran back to his vehicle, the woman got out her cell phone and called 911 and started running away from the scene, Holeman said.

Galvan got back into his van and started following the woman. He got out of his van again, only this time he was armed with a large knife that he pointed at the woman, Holeman said.

Galvan again allegedly tried to force her into the van, but once he realized the woman was on the phone with a 911 operator he ran back to the van and drove away.

The woman was able to provide the responding officers with a detailed description of her attacker and the van he was driving.

A short time later an officer spotted the van parked a couple of blocks down on Geer Road and found Galvan inside it. He was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.