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Costa Mesa Police Department
Tuesday October 15th, 2013 :: 03:01 p.m. PDT


Costa Mesa and Long Beach Police coordinate the arrest of a kidnapping suspect and recovery of the victim’s stolen car

On the evening of October 10th, shortly before midnight, Costa Mesa police officers responded to the 2000 block of Charle Street. A woman reported she had just escaped to this location after being abducted and assaulted by her estranged husband, Martin Neas. The woman, whose identity is being withheld, reported she was initially confronted by Neas while she was shopping at a Rite Aid store in Santa Ana. The woman did not know how Neas was aware she was at the Rite Aid. (In March of this year, Neas was served with a restraining order, stemming from a prior incident involving the woman.) It is believed Neas has been stalking his estranged wife. As the victim prepared to leave the Rite Aid parking lot, Neas forced her into the passenger seat of her green Mini Cooper and physically assaulted her inside her car.

He subsequently drove her in the Mini Cooper to a residence on Charle Street in Costa Mesa, believing the male resident was having a relationship with Neas’ estranged wife. The female managed to free herself from the vehicle and flee on foot, later phoning police for assistance. Neas fled in the victim’s stolen car which was LoJack-equipped.

During the early morning of October 11th, just after midnight, Long Beach police officers were alerted to the victim’s stolen vehicle near Atlantic Avenue and New York Street. Long Beach police officers located Neas and the stolen Mini Cooper. Costa Mesa police officers responded to Long Beach and took Neas into custody.

Martin Bishop Neas, 36 years of age with a last known address in San Diego, was later transported to Orange County Jail and booked for kidnapping, felony spousal battery, grand theft auto, burglary and violation of a restraining order. The female victim, who sustained bruising and swelling to her head and face, declined treatment at a medical facility.

Costa Mesa Police detectives are conducting further follow-up. No further information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to notify CMPD Detective Sergeant Ed Everett: 714-754-5395.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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