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Alleged kidnapper Martin Cabadas.
Alleged kidnapper Martin Cabadas.
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Kidnapping reportedly spoiled by West Vail gas station clerk
Phillips 66 clerk calls 911 after woman passes him a note

January 22, 2008 — Ramon Najera, a clerk at the Phillips 66 in West Vail, foiled an alleged kidnapping Saturday evening when he called police after a woman who had just pumped gas passed him a note asking him to call 911, according to 9NEWS and the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

A woman and her two children reportedly picked their alleged kidnapper up in downtown Denver when he offered them $20 for a ride. When the woman became uncomfortable and asked the man, Martin Cabadas, to get out of the vehicle, he allegedly showed her a knife and told her they were going to Las Vegas “where they would become a happy family together.”

The woman reportedly talked Cabadas into stopping in West Vail when her vehicle started running low on gas. When she went in to pay, police say she passed Najera a note that read: “Call 911 70 W Black Blazer with green trim.”

“At first I didn't know what to do, I was really scared,” Najera told 9NEWS. “When she was pumping the gas she was pretty much looking at me saying, ‘Do something.’

“She looked like she was going to start crying out there or something. She was staring at me and she would put her head down and then look back up and start staring at me,” Najera added.

Najera reportedly called 911, and an Eagle County Sheriff's deputy pulled the Blazer over as it approached Eagle on westbound Interstate 70..

According to 9NEWS, the NBC affiliate in Denver, Cabadas, 29, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. and charged with three counts of false imprisonment and one count of menacing, all felonies. He was being held at the Eagle County jail in Eagle and scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.



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