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Man arrested during kidnapping attempt

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Lancaster police said they were called to a disturbance at a city business and arrived in time to stop a woman's abduction.

Luis Alberto Castro, 25, of Lebanon, was trying to push the woman into the open door of a white SUV and had a handgun pointed at her rib cage, police said in a news release.

The officers ordered Castro to drop the gun and he tossed it into the SUV. He then released the woman and was taken into custody, police said.

The victim was not injured.

The officers had heard the woman's screams Thursday morning when they arrived in the 200 block of N. Duke Street for a report of a man trying to force his way inside a business.

They later determined that Castro went to the business to confront his 27-year-old wife, an employee, and tried to get into the office building by yelling and repeatedly banging on the front glass door, police said.

He then pointed a handgun at another employee and told her to open the door or she was also going to die, police said.

His wife tried to flee through a rear exit, but Castro went to the back door and tried to force her into the SUV, police said.

Investigators said Castro's pistol was loaded, and he had sent numerous threatening text messages to his wife just before the incident.

He was charged with attempted kidnapping, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering. Because he has a prior felony conviction, he was additionally charged with persons not to possess a firearm.

He was placed in Lancaster County Prison on a state parole detainer and $250,000 bail.

 

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