California man accused of kidnapping woman at knifepoint in Brookside, Alabama


Brookside kidnapping suspect Sean Sanders SOURCE: Brookside PD

WVTM 13 Digital

A California man is facing multiple felony charges in Alabama after allegedly kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and holding her hostage in Brookside on Sunday.

The Brookside Police Department said officers responded to a report of a woman being kidnapped by a man in driving a white van around 2:45 p.m. on Brookside Coalburg Road. A short time later, police said the van was seen ramming a witness’ vehicle. The driver refused to stop for police and a chase ensued.

“Officers were able to block the suspect vehicle on Mt. Olive Rd where they observed a injured female victim bleeding from her head being held against her will and forced to the floorboard by the suspect,” police said. “Officers attempted entry into the suspect vehicle. The suspect fought officers and rammed a police unit fleeing the scene.”

Authorities said they were able to barricade the van near Joe Nail Road. Police said the suspect then tried to run over a Brookside officer, who shot into the vehicle as it drove into the front yard of a nearby residence.

“Assisting officers barricaded the suspect vehicle and established a tactical perimeter surrounding the suspect vehicle,” Brookside police said in a release. “The suspect held the victim at knife point barricaded in the rear of the van.”

Police said the suspect was demanding them to kill him while holding the woman hostage.

“The tactical units breeched the rear of the suspect vehicle, made entry into the vehicle, rescued the victim, and took the suspect into custody,” police said.

Authorities said the suspect — Sean Sanders, of Los Angeles — has an “extensive criminal history involving assault, kidnapping and narcotics arrest” and his van was equipped with a cage in the back and metal caging over the windows. Police said blankets were used to conceal the interior and the doors were chained shut from the inside.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where she’s listed in stable condition, police said.

Authorities said two Brookside officers suffered minor injuries while entering the van and arrested Sanders.