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Kidnap victim saved

OAKLAND (AP) — A Jamestown woman was rescued by California Highway Patrol officers in Oakland 11 days after being kidnapped from Tracy.

Highway patrol officers Wednesday spotted Jennifer McLachlan, 29, and her alleged kidnapper and former boyfriend, Wayne Russo, 43, in an Oakland store.

Russo owns the Winkin' Lantern on Highway 108, just west of Yosemite Junction.

On the morning of Sept. 20, Russo allegedly kidnapped McLachlan from her current boyfriend's residence after hitting both of them, San Joaquin Sheriff spokeswoman Nelida Stone said yesterday.

‘‘(Russo) took the victim, dragging her, pulling her hair and beating her and forcefully put her in her vehicle and drove away with her,'' Stone said.

Highway patrol officers assisting in the investigation were at a store Russo is known to frequent when he and McLachlan walked in. Russo escaped on foot and McLachlan was treated by paramedics called to the scene, CHP spokesman Wayne Ziese said.

The San Joaquin Sheriff's office issued a warrant for Russo's arrest on a number of charges including battery, domestic violence, kidnapping and felony grand theft auto.

Russo is believed to be dangerous and to have ‘‘an extensive criminal history in the San Francisco Bay area,'' Stone said.

Tuolumne County Sheriff Lt. John Steely said his office has received many calls from the Winkin' Lantern over the years, as it went from being a restaurant to a strip club to a hotel.

"It's always been a problem down there, just with the crowds and stuff," Steely said.

But most of those calls dealt with crowd control and alcohol abuse, not complaints about Russo, Steely said.


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