An 18-year-old woman was rescued by a California Highway Patrol officer from an attacker trying to force her into his vehicle Wednesday morning on Highway 99 in Turlock.
The woman was suffered minor injuries from the attack, including several abrasions, according to the CHP.
The woman’s ordeal began around 4 a.m. Wednesday while walking along the northbound Highway 99 shoulder. Just south of the Monte Vista Avenue exit, a man driving a Nissan Altima, pulled up alongside her and offered her a ride, said CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Parsons.
The woman declined and continued walking, which is when she was attacked from behind, Parsons said.
The suspect, later identified as Aden H. Aden, 22, of Tempe, Ariz., grabbed the victim and was choking her while trying to force her into the backseat of the Nissan.
Parsons said the woman told Aden she would get into the car if he would just stop hurting her. She got into the car and when he was walking over to the other side she jumped out and took off running, Parsons said.
The suspect caught her again and was choking her when a CHP officer arrived at the scene. The woman broke free from her attacker and ran to the officer, who put her in the backseat of his patrol car.
Aden was allegedly headed back to the Nissan when the officer stopped him and took him into custody.
The Nissan was reported stolen out of Tempe.
Aden was booked into Stanislaus County Jail and charged with kidnapping, battery, robbery and auto theft. He also had a hold placed on him by Immigration and Naturalization Services.