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Attempted Kidnapping In Redding

REDDING, Calif. — A mother in Redding is unharmed after police say two men attempted to kidnap her.

Wednesday morning, the Redding Police Department responded to the 500 block of Hilltop Drive for a report of an attempted kidnapping of a 27-year-old woman. The 911 caller advised the two white male suspects were armed with a handgun and fled the area in a red Volkswagen Jetta.

The woman told police she was walking back home after taking her child to the bus stop. While walking back after the child had boarded the bus, she told police a red Volkswagen Jetta pulled up next to her; a man jumped out of the vehicle and pointed a gun at her, demanding she get in the car.

The woman refused and ran toward her residence. She attempted to call 911, but her phone did not have reception. The red Jetta made a u-turn and drove back toward the victim. The victim began screaming and several witnesses were alerted. The suspects then fled in the vehicle.

About an hour later, an officer pulled over a vehicle matching the police description of the red Volkswagen Jetta. After a brief struggle with police, the driver and the passenger of the vehicle were arrested. A search of the vehicle revealed a billy club, drug paraphernalia, and a black tool with a laser light. Officers determined during the investigation that the black tool with the laser light was used to simulate a handgun during the attempted kidnapping.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old Michael Anthony Carter and the passenger was identified as 26-years-old Luke William Johnson. Both suspects were determined to be on felony probation for burglary. Police say the victim identified Luke Johnson as the suspect who pointed the suspected handgun at her and ordered her to get into the suspect vehicle.

During police interviews, police said a full confession was obtained for the attempted kidnapping and several burglaries the suspects had committed earlier in the morning. Luke Johnson was booked into the Shasta County Jail for a violation of probation and attempted kidnapping. Michael Carter was booked into the Shasta County Jail for violation of probation, attempted kidnapping, possession of a billy club, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting/delaying a police officer.