Deputies arrested an Oxnard man Saturday night at about 10:50 pm at Olive Street in Oak View near Ojai, after he had abducted a woman and forced her into the trunk of his car.

James Apodaca

It all started when James Apodaca, a convicted felon and registered sex offender, lured the victim near the back of his vehicle and then pushed her into the trunk. As the vehicle drove away, the victim was able to pop the trunk open and scream for help. A nearby deputy was flagged down by a passerby, and he initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. After stopping the car, Apodaca quickly ran from the vehicle, and the deputy chased him. Apodaca stopped, grabbed a metal pipe, and began swinging it at the deputy.

The deputy used his Taser to subdue Apodaca and take him into custody. The victim was so terrified, she immediately ran from the trunk and jumped in the passenger seat of the deputy’s patrol vehicle. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the case and are interested in any information from the public about Apodaca’s activities or other similar crimes. Anyone with information can contact Detective Bill Meixner at (805)797-6396.

Apodaca was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.