Anthony Renato Mateo

A Vallecito man was accused of threatening a woman at gunpoint and kidnapping her Sunday.

The woman was hospitalized for injuries she sustained when she jumped from a moving truck going 20 miles per hour to escape.

Anthony Renato Mateo IV, 18, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a firearm on a person, threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, and domestic battery. Mateo remained in custody Tuesday on $150,000 bail, Sgt. Greg Stark with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said.

Law enforcement got involved when somebody called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to report an argument at a residence in rural Angels Camp.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence to investigate, and while they were en route, dispatch got word that the woman, the alleged victim in the disturbance in rural Angels Camp, was at the Shell gas station in Angels Camp, having just jumped from a moving vehicle.

Stark said during the argument, a man pointed a handgun at the victim and ordered her to get into his truck. While driving west on Highway 4 outside Angels Camp, the man noticed a family member of the victim following him in another vehicle. 

The man pulled to the side of the road and argued with the family member, demanding they stop following,but he got back in the truck and began to drive away. That’s when the victim jumped out of the truck, as the vehicle entered the road. 

The injured victim was taken by the family member to meet emergency medical staff and deputies, and she was taken to a valley hospital for treatment. Mateo was arrested a short time later.

Mateo was booked at Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of three felonies and one misdemeanor. Mateo does not qualify for the COVID-19 pandemic-prompted $0 bail order imposed by the state judicial council in April. He remained locked up Tuesday.


Contact Guy McCarthy at or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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