Hitchhiking UC Santa Cruz Student Held Against Her Will: PD

A student at the University of California at Santa Cruz who hitchhiked from a bus stop was briefly held against her will early Thursday morning, campus police said.

And police arrested him shortly after. UC Santa Cruz police said they took Jose Calderon Ortiz, 18, of Watstonville into custody on Thursday at 9 p.m. after leads generated during the investigation.

The student was waiting for a bus at the Kresge College stop near Heller and McLaughlin drives around 12:45 a.m. when she caught a ride from a passing driver to the base of campus, police said.

The driver who agreed to give her a lift started a casual conversation with her. He didn't stop the car as they approached High Street and Bay Drive, according to police.

The driver continued traveling on Bay Drive for another mile despite the student's pleas to pull over and stop. The student exited the car as the driver slowed down to turn on Mission Street, according to police.

The driver fled from the scene and the student was left with minor injuries, police said.

The suspect vehicle was a newer-model, four-door sedan that was dark gray or silver with red paper license plates from a Watsonville car dealership, police said. His car has been impounded.

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