FREMONT -- A teenage girl narrowly escaped, police said, after man Monday rose from the back seat of her car, held her at knifepoint and made her drive to a remote area where police believe he planned to rape her.
Aron Kumar Roy, 23, a salesman at a Dublin Best Buy store and a resident of North Fremont, was arrested on felony kidnapping and assault charges at 6 p.m. while helping a customer at the store at 4820 Dublin Boulevard, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.
About 11 hours earlier, police said Roy had climbed into the back seat of a 16-year-old girl's car while she was inside the Lucky's store at the Brookvale Shopping Center shortly before 7 a.m. and appeared, armed, as she was driving away.
The girl told police that a man wearing a hoodie rose screaming from the back seat shortly after she pulled away from the Lucky's store, pulled a knife on her and began doling out instructions to drive to a remote spot in the area of Isherwood Way and Chaplin Drive, Bosques said. The girl did as she was told and parked the car near an open field off the right side of Isherwood Way that eventually becomes the remote shore of Quarry Lakes.
The teen bolted away from the area near the Alameda County Creek and instead ran into the neighborhood off the left side of Isherwood, seeking refuge from a resident, who called police.
The resident called police about 7:05 a.m., reporting that they had let in a 16-year-old girl who banged on the door, crying that a man was chasing her with a knife, Bosques said. Police arrived and found the girl physically unharmed.
Investigators believe the discussion the man had with the girl indicated his intention to rape her, but Bosques would not confirm any details of what he allegedly said to the girl during the drive.
"This is every female's nightmare, and I hate to say just females. But this is that awful incident you hope never happens to you," Bosques said. "This 16-year old girl did everything right. She was thinking ahead of time, she knew he had this knife, and based off the conversation they were having, she knew this was not going to be good.
"She got out of the car, she yelled, she made people aware of her. She banged on the homeowner's door, and they let her right in. She was just incredible."
Police said the back doors of the girl's vehicle were not locked at the time of the incident and that tinted back windows prevented her from seeing her aggressor when she returned to her car, Bosques said. Officers found the vehicle sitting on Isherwood Way, and officers shut down the trails and area surrounding the Alameda County Creek before determining he had left the area on foot.
Investigators identified Roy after they discovered a fingerprint on the car that linked him to fingerprints already in the police database, Bosques said. Though his criminal history was not released, Bosques said she was not aware of any sort of history related to kidnapping or sexual assault.
Detectives booked Roy¿ into the Fremont Jail on six felony charges of kidnapping, kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit a sex offense, false imprisonment and robbery. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Alameda County Superior Court in Fremont on Wednesday.
"This is bad as it gets. We are so lucky we got him off the streets, because he was capable of doing so much harm to our community," Bosques said. "Based off of what our detectives are learning about him, they're pretty interested in knowing if anyone else has had contact with him."
Investigators believe that anyone who may have come into contact with Roy may remember his size because he is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs only about 120 pounds. Police say there are no open sexual assault cases with suspects matching this description but believe he may have come into contact with people who have not reported incidents.
Anyone with information about this incident or others involving the suspect may contact Detective Bryce Loughery at 510-790-6912, Detective Rodney Little at 510-790-6900 or the anonymous tip line at 510-494-4856.