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Woman Escapes Kidnapping, Carjacking

Suspect hid in the woman's car, then attacked her from inside the cab, police say.

SANTA MONICA, CA -- A woman escaped a traumatizing carjacking Sunday, and with the help of a Good Samaritan, authorities have arrested and charged the suspect.

It was daylight but the woman didn't spot a man, identified by police as 42-year-old Lubomir Gueorguiev, hiding in the back of her Jeep.

She plopped into the driver's seat after shopping, tried to start the car—then felt someone grab her forearm, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.

"She looked back and saw a male subject in the back of her car," spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis Thursday. "When she was grabbed, she freaked out and hysterically started flaying around. She jumped out of the car, was almost run over."

The attack happened about 3 p.m. Sunday in the 15100 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

"The victim was so traumatized that during [a police interview] she was unable to stand," Lewis said.

Officers were able to find the suspect with help from a witness who had run after him when he fled from the Jeep. The suspect hunkered down in a nearby apartment complex, but the Good Samaritan kept an eye on him until police arrived to set up a perimeter, Lewis said.

"He definitely helped out," Lewis said. "He was instrumental."

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office charged Gueorguiev with four felonies: kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, second degree burglary of a vehicle and carjacking. Bail was set at $125,000.

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Dan Charney August 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I learned this stuff working with the police years ago - always look in the back seat of your car before you get in- lock your car immediately and never sit in a car at night or even in daylight unless it's locked- always look around the area you are in before walking in to it- and other tips that I have always followed- when you walk - walk tall and don't act afraid- perps look for 'victim types'- posture and a few things can help- we tend to forget this stuff but more and more we should all be aware
Dennis The Menance August 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Ditto and PLEASE Get the KeyCain with PEPPER SPRAY will you Women? It;s only about $7 bucks at Wal Mart And Lets Legalize stun guns in our Cell Phones and even the New Mini Tasers in our Cell Phones..
Dan Charney August 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
It can be any car and is a very common way of people committing a variety of crimes- also - don't get pepper spray or anything unless you take a self-defense course- using things like that under stress can turn and hurt you if you don't know how to hold your cool under pressure- and most don't - and her name should never be posted- ever- Jenna did the right thing
Glenn E Grab August 24, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Jenna should mention her name?....why, so she's in danger from the perps friends?....don't you get it?...these aren't nice people!!!
Glenn E Grab August 24, 2012 at 08:44 PM
yeah, Don, but it's tougher for a woman...
Glenn E Grab August 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Dennis, I'd probably stun myself while was talking on the phone...
CUSACITIZEN August 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Will he get the death penalty after convicted? If not, we are just wasting our time with yet another SOB criminal who robs us from our God given liberty.
Glenn E Grab August 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
how did this Lubomir guy ever get into the US?....he had to have had a criminal record from Russia....
CUSACITIZEN August 24, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Excellent advise!
Kelli Trejo August 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Thanks for the tips. Certainly things we all need to know and keep in the front of our minds. Always be aware of your surroundings - no matter how familiar they may be.
Jaguar6 August 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
It is just another form of spreading the wealth, which is becoming very popular today with liberals and "progressives".
Tom August 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
If she'd had a gun and was trained how to use it, the headline would read, "Would be kidnapper shot dead by intended victim." End of story, no trial, no cost to the taxpayer.
Sally August 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM
On a day when multiple people were shot in New York due to a crazy guy with a gun, this is an idiotic statement. Giving more people guns will not help the problem.
Christopher August 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
People, I don't want to come off as being super paranoid, but keep your eyes open, and think before you act. If she had taken the time to check out her car by looking in the windows before she just unlocked the door and jumped into the arms of a psycho, she would more than likely have seen the assailant, and this also more than likely wouldn't have happened. If she had seen him she could have been at least 25 yards away and screaming before the guy could extricate himself from her car, and with her screaming, I gotta believe he would've run in the opposite direction. Look before you leap. Don't become so desensitized with your surroundings, that you become complacent. You women especially have to be on your guard at ALL times. If you let your guard down, even for a few seconds, it could make you a statistic.
Robin Eckert August 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I always check my back seat before I get into it.....u just never know. So glad this woman escaped and thankfully a good samaritan helped take the guy off the street. While there are alot of bad people out there and more and more being added to that lot, it is nice to know that there are still people willing to get involved.
Jeanne Lang Magi August 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Good actions on the victim's part! Make all the noise and distractions you can. Draw attention to yourself. Run at the first opportunity; leave your purse, car, and groceries and run for your life; the key word being "life." The materials can be replaced or recovered. The handles on my car's front doors need just a slight pull to illuminate the interior of the car. I always look inside before opening the door. I agree with Tom: justice should be swift. I believe in the rights to life, liberty, and the persuit of those who threaten it.
gingersnap August 24, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I Always travel with my Big mean (To strangers) dog,day or night. She will keep anyone out of my car.
GladIDontOwnaJeep August 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM
It was a Jeep, so very likely had a soft top. Not difficult to get into those. SCARY AS HECK! - GladIdontdriveaJeep
TNborn August 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Not all Jeeps are soft topped. Mine is a Jeep Liberty -- just a standard vehicle with hard top. Any car can be easy to get in to if you know what you are doing but chances are, was unlocked. Type of vehicle and the name of the person really doesn't matter. Just beware.
Glenn E Grab August 25, 2012 at 01:05 AM
christopher, she did fine, she doesn't sound like she needs advice from anyone...now this criminal, thanks to her and the "Good Samaritan", is off the streets....these guys attack women because most women are too terrified to fight back...not this lady...
Robin August 25, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I love my Toledo made Jeep! It doesn't matter what vehicle you are driving, one must check the inside before you enter for safety reasons. How about blaming the guy who jumped inside!
S Bare August 25, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I as well am always looking around me when walking. I look around the perimeter of my car as I am nearing it. I look into it before I enter it. I also would fight. I am not going to let someone take me somewhere private to kill me so my loved ones can't find my body. They're going to have to kill me in public..Maybe I would have a chance then.
Brian Dillan August 25, 2012 at 03:20 AM
why give him bail? so he can escape to Mexico?
Sarah Allen August 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
You know?....you are right. Sad to say, I raised my son to scream, yell, carry on a big commotion if someone tried to do something to him that he didn't feel was good & if someone was trying to harm him. Not to mention as well that I was outside the mens' room waiting if he did scream for help. What has society come to now a days?
Glenn E Grab August 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Sally, nobody said anything about "giving" people guns....you must have them confused with food stamps and welfare and free rent...
Dennis Karoleski August 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Hey Sally, the “crazy guy” in NYC shot his boss and the responding two cops shot him and all the other people.
Eileen Pedersen August 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Parking lots are always a scary place. We should also be wary of vans parked next to your car. I am so glad that she got away and that the samaritan helped the cops get him.
Alicia Vance September 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
This event reminded me of this very useful article: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-truth-about-violence/ So happy she got out of the car and that he was caught!
Resident of Santa Monica October 05, 2012 at 12:09 AM
This was not in Santa Monica if the address was 15100 Wilshire Blvd. Just saying. Not that it matters where it was, just that the story was filed from Santa Monica, Ca. it was it was West Side anyway, the moral is, check your car befoer you get in, just look in the back seat.
Glenn E Grab October 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM
sad story, thanks for posting...

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