Five guardsmen from San Diego County who were on riot duty over the weekend foiled the kidnaping of two women when one of the victims mouthed the word "help" in a silent tearful plea, the National Guard reported.
Horace Childress, age undetermined, was arrested for investigation of kidnaping. The Los Angeles man was awaiting arraignment, and no bail had been set, National Guard Sgt. Diana Washington said Wednesday.
Police didn't release the names of the two women, both 27, who were involved in the incident at Vermont and Colden streets.
The guardsmen were identified as team leader Sgt. Jimmy Hathaway of Coronado, Clinton Reese of Lakeside and San Diego residents Sgt. Theodore Petersen, Arthur King III and Edward Greenawald. A sixth guardsman, Abel Velasco of Brawley, also took part in the apprehension.
The women were outside using a pay telephone about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, although a dusk-to-dawn curfew was in effect, when the man approached them and ordered them to accompany him, the guard reported.
The trio, with the women walking on either side of the kidnaper who linked arms with them, ran into the National Guard team. Hathaway said the women appeared tearful, and one mouthed "help."
The guardsmen surrounded Childress and held him at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him for investigation of kidnaping. He wasn't armed.
"It makes us feel like we did something here and helped someone," Hathaway said.