HANFORD — A Hanford woman was arrested recently on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment, among other charges, after an altercation with a teenager, police officials said.
Around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, Hanford Police officers said they located a 17-year-old female in the 400 block of East Terrace Street in Hanford. They said the girl appeared to have sustained visible injuries and was with some friends who had just found her.
Police said the victim reported that she and three of her friends had just been in an altercation with a female, later identified as 35-year-old Jessica Reyes from Hanford, and another family member in the area of the 600 block of East Leland Drive in Hanford.
Officials said the victim reported that during the altercation, Reyes got into her vehicle and attempted to leave the area. The victim got into her vehicle to prevent Reyes from leaving and police said Reyes proceeded to drive to her residence nearby while restraining the victim.
Once at her residence, officers said Reyes removed the victim from the vehicle and demanded she tell her where to find her friends and cousin they had left. Police said Reyes then forced the victim back into her vehicle and drove to another family member’s residence in the 2000 block of Burl Drive in Hanford.
The victim’s friends, along with a parent, were able to find the victim in the area of Burl Drive after Reyes had left, once officials said she determined she could not locate her cousin or the victim’s friends.
Officers said the victim was able to positively identify Reyes, who was taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, carjacking and child endangerment.
Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing in order to locate additional witnesses or involved parties.