Vallejo police on Sunday released a revised account of Saturday's discovery of a kidnapped woman, while they searched for a suspect in a stolen car who had brandished a gun.
The chain of events began at about 4:30 a.m. when police received a call from a store clerk in the 500 block of Tennessee Street reporting a man was brandishing a gun at him, police said. Prior to police arrival, the suspect, later identified as James Thomas of Oakland, had reportedly fled the scene in a new white Mustang with paper license plates.
Police said the vehicle's description matched that of a car reported stolen Jan. 5 in a carjacking. At that time, a handgun also was stolen along with the car, police added.
After an area search, police located the suspect car in the 300 block of Kentucky Street. Officers saw residents of a house in the area acting suspiciously and set a perimeter around the home, police said.
Soon officers saw Thomas, 31, leave the house through the back window to throw a handgun onto the roof.
Police ordered all occupants to exit the home. Everyone complied except Thomas, police said.
A K-9 dog was then sent into the house, and officers said they found Thomas in the bathroom taking a shower.
He was soon arrested without incident, and police also positively matched the vehicle and recovered handgun to ones stolen in the carjacking. A neighbor said the house where the arrests occurred has been used by squatters for several years.
Police soon learned that one of the home's occupants was a Sacramento woman who said she was kidnapped from Oakland just a few hours prior by Thomas and his girlfriend, Xaviera Laney, 20, of Fremont.
The victim, a 29-year-old woman is a self-admitted prostitute, police said. She told police that she was working at about 3 a.m. on 48th Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland, when Thomas approached her in the stolen Mustang. Laney was allegedly hiding under a jacket in the back seat, while Thomas propositioned the victim, who then agreed to get into the car, police said.
Once inside the car, Thomas pulled a gun on her and forced her to disrobe, police said. She was not sexually assaulted, police added. Thomas then drove to Appian Way, Pinole, pulled over, and fired the gun in the air to intimidate the victim, police said.
Thomas told her that he was now her pimp, police added.
He then drove to the gas station in Vallejo where the brandishing occured.
Thomas' girlfriend, Laney, was subsequently arrested.
Thomas was booked into Solano County jail on suspicion of making terrorist threats, kidnapping, conspiracy, being in possession of a stolen vehicle, forcible pimping, and brandishing a firearm. He was also on parole.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend was booked into the county jail on suspicion of kidnapping, conspiracy and forcible pimping.
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