Police say the 24-year-old man arrested in the violent kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl hid her less than a mile from her San Jose home, and planned her abduction to sexually molest her.
The search for David Cruz ended early yesterday, just hours after the girl turned up at an East Palo Alto convenience store. She was shaken but able to help lead police to her abductor. Cruz took the girl Friday after brutally beating her mother and brother.
Cruz was booked for investigation of kidnapping, burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault. Bail wasn´t immediately set. Police believe Cruz knew of the 4th grade girl through one of her former classmates. But neither the girl nor her family knew him.