East LA man convicted of Duarte kidnapping

A jury convicted a Los Angeles man on Thursday of attacking, threatening and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Duarte in May, authorities said.
The Alhambra jury found Albert Casillas, 38, guilty of kidnapping, domestic violence and making criminal threats following a four-day trial, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
He faces up to 24 years and four months in state prison when he returns to the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on Sept. 28.
The series of crimes took place on May 3.
Casillas went to his ex-girlfriend’s Duarte home and, while in front of the woman’s residence, forced her into his vehicle and threatened to hurt her if she got out,” Santiago said. Casillas then drove the victim from the kidnapping scene at Millbrae and Central avenues to his home in East Los Angeles.
A witness reported the abduction, and deputies arrived to find the woman suffering from injuries to her body, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John McClure said at the time.
The woman told deputies she had not been the victim of any crimes, but deputies arrested Casillas based on her injuries and the accounts of witnesses, McClure said.
The jury convicted Casillas of all three crimes with which he was charged.

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