425-Pound California Man Arrested in Alleged Kidnap Attempt
A California soccer coach came to the rescue after a 425-pound man with more than 60 prior arrests allegedly tried to kidnap one of his young players.
Santa Ana police officers arrested Victor Joseph Espinoza, of Santa Ana, Thursday, after he allegedly grabbed a 10-year-old boy who was headed to soccer practice, Officer Anthony Bertagna from the Santa Ana police said.
Espinoza allegedly approached the 10-year-old and his 19-year-old female cousin, who was accompanying him to practice at approximately 7:20 p.m. Thursday. The 425-pound man allegedly grabbed the boy and wouldn't let go as he screamed.
The boy finally broke free and ran to practice with his cousin, where they told the soccer coach. The 10-year-old and his cousin were both very shaken by the incident, Bertagna said.
"The little boy came crying at me, saying that man wanted to take him," the coach told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "He said that he grabbed him and he started smelling him."
The coach tracked down the suspect and tackled the man as he tried to run away. The coach tried to hold on to Espinoza but was unable to control him, KABC reported.
"He goes, 'Oh, I'm leaving, I'm leaving,' and I said, 'No, you're not leaving. We're going to wait for the cops, because you did something wrong to that little boy,'" the coach told KABC. "He tried to leave and that's when I tackled him down. I'm a parent, I worry about my kids, and I thought that I had to do something."
A police helicopter spotted Espinoza hiding in the back yard of a nearby residence. Infrared video obtained by KABC-TV shows Espinoza hiding under a tree shortly before his arrest. The suspect would not give any details about the alleged kidnapping when he was arrested, Bertagna said.
Bertagna described Espinoza as an "old school, old time gangster." Police have been dealing with him for 30 years and he has more than 60 prior arrests, including drug possession, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder, Bertagna said.
Espinoza was being held on $100,000 bail on charges including false imprisonment and child annoyance.
by LyTe684October 7, 2012 at 1:18 PMROTFL!
what happened to his neck?
cannolis. cannolis happened to his neck. and maybe lasagna.
by LyTe684October 7, 2012 at 1:19 PMYup! That's what I said. Lol
OMG HE WAS GOING TO EAT HIM!!!!
why else would he be smelling him??? You know you sniff the fruits at the grocery store to see if they are ready to eat.
and they mentioned it bc people will be all 'holy shit that guy is huge - I wonder how much he weighs', so they reporter just answered the question we all would have been asking. although it is weird he mentioned it like 3 separate times lol
by vig5179October 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM
That's what i thought when i first saw this
by merryvoiceOctober 7, 2012 at 11:44 PMYeah, I was going to say that! Why is he still free if he's been arrested that many times, and on those charges?
By mentioning his weight, it takes the focus off the fact that he's been arrested 60 times already. 60!!! WTF man!!!
by Blue_SpiralOctober 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Wow, that's ridiculous.
Skinny and fat people kidnap, molest, abuse and even cannibalize other children with no relation to their weight at all.
Maybe they should have said, "creepy man... blah blah blah" lol
by kitty8199October 8, 2012 at 9:44 AMWow I'm surprised someone held himdown until the cops got there