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Deputies Search for Men Who Tried to Kidnap a Woman in Broad Daylight

By Kelli Saam
Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: May 21 2013 01:41:43 PM CDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 08:53:22 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Deputies in Tehama County are looking for two men who tried to kidnap a woman in broad daylight.  The suspicious subjects have been spotted in several locations over the last couple of days, in one case, displaying handcuffs.

The attempted kidnapping happened Monday in Corning near Rawson Road and Finnell Road.

The victim, Megan Brown, 30, was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Red Bluff.  She told deputies earlier in the day she had been in the area of Rawson Road near Finnell Road when she was contacted by two men in a white pick-up.

The passenger attempted to pull Brown into their truck. Brown struggled with the passenger, then kicking him in the groin. The truck and the male occupants then left the area. Brown did not have significant injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

Brown could not describe the driver, but identified the passenger as tall, lanky, with "short greasy fro" type hair, bright blue eyes, pock marked face, missing his top right front tooth and the rest of his teeth were brown and chipped. Brown told police that his breath smelled like cigarettes and was wearing a torn muscle type t-shirt and faded blue jeans.

The suspects were similar to two previous incidents that happened Sunday in Tehama County.

On Sunday at about 4:25 pm, a citizen reported a suspicious circumstance on Rawson Road near Cody Drive in Central Tehama County. The citizen reported seeing a white, 1997-2003, possibly Chevrolet pick-up with pipe racks and occupied by two white men parked on the edge of Rawson Road.

She decided to remain anonymous, but the whole situation has left her shaken up.

“I heard somebody screaming I heard this woman screaming real loud like the top of her lungs," said the woman who called 911. “She had her back towards the dash and she was fighting them with everything she had and they were hitting her!"

The vehicle then left the area with the occupants, including the woman. At the time, deputies conducted an extensive area check and were not able to locate the vehicle, occupants or further leads.

Later on Sunday, a citizen observed a white, older, single cab Ford pick-up with a black fifth-wheel type tailgate in the Woodland Hills neighborhood off McCoy Rd. in Northern Tehama County.

The citizen had contact with the occupants of the truck who were described as two white men.

One of the men was described as having a goatee and missing one of his front teeth. This person was also twirling a set of handcuffs in his hand. The citizen contacted the Tehama County Sheriff's Office to report the suspicious individuals.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office responded to the area and conducted an extensive neighborhood check for the subjects and vehicle but they had left the area prior to deputies' arrival.

It appears based on the similarities, the same two men may be involved in the three incidents.

Red Bluff residents are concerned. They said Red Bluff isn't the town it used to be.

"Now you cant trust anybody ," said Betty Brown, who lives around the area. "Half of the time when your walking past them in broad daylight you never know whats gonna happen.”

Dustin Wailes  has lived in Red Bluff his whole life. He said he has also seen a big change in the city.

“Seems like a lot of these people are coming in masses now," said Wailes.  " I think it's becoming a real problem. I don’t think that the town has resources to handle this kind of thing."

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the attempted abduction of Megan Brown and is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects and vehicle.  

Anyone with information concerning the listed individuals or incidents are asked to contact Deputy Benson at the Tehama County Sheriff's Office at (530) 529-7920.