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Police: Tips from Yreka residents lead to arrest of kidnapping suspect in Ashland

The Yreka Police Department is thanking local citizens for alerting them to a suspicious man seen at Walmart.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 4:09 PM

YREKA, Calif. — The Yreka Police Department (YPD) is thanking local citizens for tips that led to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect in Ashland on Tuesday morning.

YPD thanked one woman in particular for reporting a "suspicious man" who approached her in the Walmart parking lot. Multiple people reported the same man to Yreka Police, and investigators eventually identified him as 56-year-old Safaei Ali of Sunnyvale, California — wanted for kidnapping and false imprisonment by the San Jose Police Department.

"There was a warrant issued for his arrest after he was contacted in Yreka," YPD said in a Facebook post.

The agency said that it put out a BOLO ("Be on the Lookout") to neighboring law enforcement agencies. On Tuesday morning, officers arrested Ali in Ashland, YPD said.

"If anyone has Information or was contacted by Ali please contact the Yreka Police Department 530-841-2300," the agency concluded.

NewsWatch 12 could not find a mugshot or booking information on Ali in either Jackson or Siskiyou counties at the time of posting.

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