San Diego

Armed Suspect Sought in Carjacking, Kidnapping

An armed man is wanted in an alleged kidnapping from a sports complex in Kearny Mesa and the carjacking in Ramona, San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies confirmed.

A baseball coach and his teenage player told deputies they had been kidnapped from batting cages on Hickman Field Drive in the Kearny Mesa area. They said the suspect had forced them into their Jeep Latitude at gunpoint and told them to drive.

The Jeep eventually crashed at San Vicente and Wildcat Canyon roads around 10 a.m. The adult was found about a mile and a half from the crash site, and the teen was discovered about a mile away after running from the scene. According to officials, the coach was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Officers say they recovered a gun at the crash scene. There are bullet holes in the vehicle but officials say right now it's unclear if there was a struggle.

When a woman pulled over to help the suspect, whom she saw bleeding on the side of the road, the suspect then jumped into her SUV and carjacked her, officials said. The woman escaped from the vehicle on Main Street in Ramona, officials told NBC 7. 

San Diego Police, San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies and the California Highway Patrol are searching for the suspect's vehicle.

It is described as a silver, Mercury SUV with a sunroof, a roof rank and a Kansas Jayhawks license plate frame. The plate number is California 6KLF075.

Officials described the suspect as a white man, 50 to 60 years old, 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 9-inches tall, with a thin build. He was unshaven and may have been injured in the crash of the first carjacked vehicle.

He was last seen wearing black sunglasses, a zippered hoody, faded blue jeans and light colored shoes, deputies said.

Click here to see a map of the locations in this investigation.

If anyone spots the suspect, they should not approach him deputies warn. He's considered armed and dangerous. They should call 911. 

CHP investigators were handling the investigation into the collision.

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