WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — Police in the East Bay are being credited with thwarting a kidnapping plot. A man is under arrest for allegedly assaulting one woman in the East Bay, and police say he had detailed plans to kidnap and rape several more.
All the women were his former coworkers.
Matt Owen Caruso has been booked into Contra Costa County Jail. He’s being held on $1,110,000 bail.
“He is the classic boogeyman that we all learned growing up to avoid”, said Walnut Creek Police Lieutenant Tom Cashion.
Lt. Cashion says Caruso was caught in the nick of time, thanks to good investigators and two quick-thinking community members.
On March 26, a woman called 911 saying someone used a stun gun on her as she was walking from her Walnut Creek home to her car to get to work. It was 7:20 a.m.
She fought him off, and Lt. Cashion says she did everything right.
“She did everything that we want our public to do. She was aware of her surroundings walking to her car, when she saw him she immediately got suspicious of him, and when the attack happened she immediately started fighting back and screaming for help to others to come to her.