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Woman escapes when kidnapper takes her to breakfast, police say

September 19, 2011|By The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police arrested a Van Nuys man accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend after an hours-long standoff on Sunday, police said.

Police said Wember Ernesto Servellon, 32, kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint Sunday and forced her into his apartment, where he allegedly tied her up and assaulted her. Then, police said, he took the woman to eat breakfast, where she managed to escape and call police.

Servellon returned to his apartment in the 14600 block of Saticoy Street and holed himself inside. Police arrived at 9 a.m. and evacuated surrounding apartments. The street was also closed off. He was arrested by SWAT officers at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Servellon was booked at Van Nuys Jail for kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault and was held in lieu of $1 million bail. L.A. NOW

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