Man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in Azusa released without charge

AZUSA — A man arrested earlier this week on suspicion of kidnapping a female friend was released from jail Wednesday after prosecutors declined to file charges, officials said.
Derrick Lee Zacheary, 61, of Los Angeles was released from custody early Wednesday after officials rejected the case against him due to insufficient evidence, according to county booking records and Los Angeles County District Attorneys officials.
Azusa police arrested him Monday afternoon following an alleged incident 200 block of North Aspan Avenue, Azusa police Detective Robert Landeros said.
The woman, who is in her 30s, is a friend of Zacheary who lives with him in a recreational vehicle, police added.
The woman told investigators that Zacheary locked her in the back of the RV and brandished a gun, Landeros said.
After driving to Los Angeles, Zacheary was accused of unlocking the back of the RV, at which point the woman ran off and went home, police said.
A handgun was recovered when police took Zacheary into custody, Landeros added.
Zacheary told police he had been hired by a property manager to keep watch over a home on Aspen Avenue, Landeros said, and that the woman wanted to go back to Los Angeles, but Zacheary didn’t want to give her a ride.
Prior to being released without charges Wednesday, Zacheary had been held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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