Man Suspected of Kidnaping, Rape : Crime: Placentia resident passes out after stopping at a gas station, allowing alleged victim to call police.


A man suspected of kidnaping and raping his ex-girlfriend in Orange County was arrested early Monday morning after a flat tire forced him to stop at a gas station in Castaic, where he passed out from intoxication and the woman called police, authorities said.

Martin Garcia, 27, is accused of abducting the 21-year-old woman about 8 p.m. Sunday in Placentia, where they both live, said Matt Reynolds, police services supervisor for the Placentia Police Department.

The motive for the alleged kidnaping is unknown, but Reynolds said the couple apparently broke up recently. No weapon was used during the incident, he added.

Garcia reportedly drove the woman to an unspecified Orange County park and raped her, Reynolds said. He then forced the woman back into car, apparently planning to drive her to Sacramento for unstated reasons.


But a tire on Garcia’s car went flat about 4 a.m. Monday while Garcia and the woman were northbound on the Golden State Freeway, and he pulled the vehicle into a gas station in Castaic, Reynolds said.

Garcia then passed out in the front seat of his car because he was intoxicated, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.

“While he fell asleep, or passed out, she got out and went to a pay phone and called 911,” Reynolds said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Garcia without incident, Reynolds said. Garcia was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station on suspicion of kidnaping and rape before being handed over to Placentia police officials.