Grants Pass Police track down kidnapping suspect

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, January 9 2014 at 11:07 PM, Updated: Fri, January 10 2014 at 12:45 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. --  Summer Watson watched as Grants Pass Police searched a public bus for a man they say robbed and kidnapped a 90-year-old woman.

"They all pulled out their guns. They were standing behind their open doors, and they started talking over the speaker from their cop cars saying for each person to come out slowly with their hands up in the air," said Watson who works at Verizon Wireless.

Video from our partners at the Grants Pass Daily Courier shows police stopping the bus.  

"We were stopping the bus and we took all the occupants off to try and confirm whether the suspect was on that vehicle as it turned out the suspect was not on there," said Deputy Chief Jim Hamilton.

The hunt for the suspect who police now know is 31*-year-old Craig Allen Cruz started at around 8 Thursday morning. 

That's when police say Cruz broke into the elderly woman's home,threatened her, and made her drive him to Walmart.

"Forced her into the vehicle and then drove to Walmart he dropped her off there and then he took the vehicle." 

Police say Cruz eventually left the car in the same parking lot he made the woman drive him to. Hours later police tracked him down and booked him for robbery, burglary, assault, and kidnapping. 

They say the woman is shaken but should be okay.


*G.P. Public Safety has changed the age of Mr. Cruz to 31 (1/10/14).

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