Two 18-year-old women kidnapped in Pasadena; parolee arrested

A Compton parolee wearing a GPS-monitoring device is being held on suspicion of kidnapping two women in Pasadena with the intent of sexually assaulting them, police said Monday.

Anthony Seth McDaniel, 38, was taken into custody last week by U.S. Marshals at his Carson workplace and remains behind bars in lieu of $2 million bail.

McDaniel is suspected of kidnapping two 18-year-old women about 10 p.m. April 30 as they waited at a bus stop at Fair Oaks Avenue and Montana Street in Pasadena.

Authorities said he coaxed the women into accepting a ride in an older pickup truck.


Pasadena Police Lt. Terysa Rojas said the women noticed they were heading in the wrong direction. As the truck approached the 210 Freeway on-ramp at Mountain Street, one of the women in the front seat opened the door and jumped from the moving vehicle.

A passer-by saw her fall from the truck and called 911, Rojas said. The woman suffered a fractured ankle and was taken to a hospital.

A California Highway Patrol officer then saw the second woman on the 110 Freeway near Olympic Boulevard and initially believed she was involved in a hit-and-run collision before learning of the alleged kidnapping.

Los Angeles police officers took the victim to Pasadena police headquarters, where she told investigators the kidnapper had brandished a handgun, demanded she perform sexual acts and threatened to kill her while she was still inside the truck.

The second victim was apparently pushed from the vehicle at some point, officials said.

Detectives identified the suspect as McDaniel, who was on parole after being convicted in 2008 of assault with intent to commit mayhem. He had been equipped with a GPS monitoring device.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service took McDaniel into custody Wednesday.

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