News - March 10, 2010

Two kidnap man in stolen U-Haul, police say

Two men kidnapped another man and drove him around Menlo Park and East Palo Alto in a stolen U-Haul van Thursday night, making stops at various stores and markets, forcing the man to withdraw cash and make other purchases, according to Menlo Park police.

After the victim asked someone at the Marsh Road Chevron station to call police, officers tracked down the van and conducted a "high-risk stop" on U.S. 101, police said.

The man told police he had been picked up by the two men in East Palo Alto earlier in the night, and had not been physically harmed, according to police.

The two arrested men are Vincent Hunter, 48, of Menlo Park, and Richard Williams, 59, of San Mateo. They were booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping with intent to extort, conspiracy, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Mr. Hunter, who had a felony warrant out for his arrest, received the additional charges of vehicle theft and destruction of evidence, police said.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields