Monday, November 12, 2018

Fruita man arrested on kidnapping charges

MESA COUNTY, Colo - At 12:37 this afternoon deputies responded to a report of an adult female being held against her will in a car.

The female told deputies her boyfriend, identified as Raymond Villarreal, 34, of Fruita, refused to let her out of the car after an argument. She said she was trapped in the car for several hours while Villarreal drove over the Mesa and into Delta County before returning to the Grand Junction area.

The female attempted to call 911 several times, but hung up before dispatchers could respond. When she was able to successfully make a call to 911, Villarreal stopped the car and left on foot in the area of Pritchard Mesa Ct and J Road.

Colorado State Patrol troopers and Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Villarreal walking nearby. The female was found safe.

Villarreal was arrested without incident and faces the following charges:
  • Second Degree Kidnapping (Class 4 Felony)
  • Assault in the Third Degree (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Obstruction of a Telephone (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Drove Motor Vehicle while License under Restraint or Suspended
The case is still under investigation.

Villarreal is being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that you can also text 911 in an emergency. If you don’t have enough cell phone reception to make a call, you may still be able to send a text message. You should continue to make a voice call to 911 whenever possible, however if you are unable, use the Text to 911 option. Learn more about text to 911 here.