Ankle monitoring device saves Glendale kidnap victim

Posted at 11:17 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 17:30:59-04

An ankle monitoring device helped a woman escape a sexual assault in Glendale. 

Glendale police report that on May 16, a woman was walking to her friend's home near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, when she was grabbed from behind, in an apartment complex parking lot. 

The victim later reported to police that she was caught by her arms from behind and dragged toward a white truck. 

As the suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Jose Guadalupe Herrera-Mendoza, pulled her away, he allegedly grabbed the woman's breast. 

As she pleaded with him to stop, she told Mendoza that she was wearing an ankle monitoring device and the police were on the way. Mendoza let her go and drove away.

The victim took a photo of the license plate on the truck. Police located and arrested Mendoza that evening at his home. 

He has been charged with kidnapping and sexual abuse.

It is unclear why the woman had a monitoring device on her.