Elderly Woman Spends 2 Days Bound, Gagged In Car

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A 75-year-old woman who was bound and
gagged in the back of her station wagon for two days without food
or water was rescued Wednesday after police pulled over her alleged
kidnappers for speeding, authorities said.

The woman was kidnapped Monday from her La Mesa home and was
severely beaten while in captivity, said San Diego County sheriff's
Sgt. Mark Varnau.

Police pulled her car over early Wednesday and found the woman
inside after opening the back hatch. Varnau said the woman was
hospitalized and in good spirits.

Three people were arrested for allegedly kidnapping the woman,
beating her and stealing credit cards from her home.

"She was in fear for her life the entire two days," Varnau
said.

The woman told deputies one of her kidnappers was a salesman
from a carpet company who sold her a $2,000 vacuum. She said he
came back later, strangled her until she passed out, tied her hands
and feet and gagged her mouth with duct tape.

When she woke up she was in the back of her car, Varnau said.

The woman chewed through the duct tape and yelled for help when
the car was parked at a gas station, but no one heard her, Varnau
said.

A man and woman then beat and punched her in the face several
times, Varnau said. When police found her, she had two black eyes
and her face was swollen.

Authorities arrested Luis Osborne and Antoinette Baker, both 18
and from El Cajon, and Jeffrey Nelson, 19, of Lakeside, said Lt.
Dennis Brugos.

Brugos said a shovel also was found in the car and "she may
have been on the way to her death."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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