Police in Milpitas have released surveillance video showing what may be a possible kidnapping Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in the area of 450 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas police Sgt. Raj Maharaj said.
The AC Transit driver had pulled up to a bus stop and a woman there appeared to be trying to board the bus, Maharaj said.
However, a man stopped her and forcefully pulled her away toward the back of a nearby business complex, according to Maharaj. No weapon was seen.
“I heard a scream and saw a man pushing a woman, it looked like he was grabbing her and she was struggling and that time I thought it was maybe a girlfriend boyfriend fighting,” said Melissa Casas, a witness to the incident.
The bus driver called 911 and police responded and searched for the pair but didn’t find them Tuesday night.
Investigators obtained video footage from surveillance cameras on the bus, which backed up the driver’s account of what happened, Maharaj said.
In the video, the woman can be heard screaming for help as she struggles to escape the man’s grip.
“They’re struggling over a bag or backpack, the female asks for out for help and yells ‘Call for police!’ The male intervenes and directs her off and they go over the bern and into the business park,” said Maharaj.
Investigators say despite having the video, it’s difficult to determine whether the two knew each other, which is why police are erring on the side of caution and treating it as a possible kidnapping.
“It could be a domestic situation it could be boyfriend girlfriend, it could be a father trying to take his daughter home, we just don’t know so we have to treat it how we’re treating it,” said Maharaj.
Authorities sent out a CHP helicopter to search the business park and nearby creek Tuesday night, but found nothing.
Officers went back to the complex Wednesday morning to look for more surveillance video that may exist and to see if there were more witnesses.
The woman is described as Asian and in her 20s, wearing light-colored clothing. The man is also described as Asian, and is believed to be in his 30s. He was wearing a black jacket, jeans and a dark-colored baseball cap, police said.
Police were looking Wednesday to see if anyone was reported missing here or in neighboring cities. Officers say they are following up on leads and want anyone with information to come forward. Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Milpitas Police at (408) 586-2400.