San Jose police have made an arrest in the kidnapping of a 9 year old girl who turned up safe last night. At a news conference, Deputy Police Chief Rob Davis said the department is confident they have the right man in the Friday abduction of Jennette Tamayo.
Authorities say she provided important information that led them to the suspect. Earlier police spokesman Sergeant Steve Dixon had said the arrest was made at about 8:30 AM at the home of a friend about a mile from the Tamayo home. Dixon says the man fought with officers and had to be hospitalized after a police dog bit him.
Police Chief William Lansdowne says the man closely resembles a sketch of the kidnapper. He says the man has not been booked and police are trying to identify him.
The little girl walked into a convenience store in East Palo Alto last night, crying and asking for help. She has since been reunited with her family. The chief says Jennette has been checked by a doctor and has no obvious physical injuries.
Store owner Isa Yasin told The Associated Press he didn´t see how Jennette got there. He says he talked to her briefly and realized she was the child authorities had been searching for.