In the early hours of April 8 two separate and unrelated kidnappings occurred within blocks of each other in the Mission District.
In the first incident, a 19-year-old woman was forced into a car around 1:30 a.m. near 20th and Shotwell streets. She was driven to Santa Clara County, where she managed to escape.
Less than two hours later, around 3 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was stopped at 19th and Capp streets when two men leaped out of a car, brandished a gun, and demanded she get into the vehicle. A female driver drove the car away from the scene, and the victim also managed to escape. Later, a man and a woman were arrested by the San Francisco Police Department.
Now, authorities have announced that an arrest was made in the first case, as well. Investigators from the SFPD Special Victims Unit Human Trafficking Team identified a suspect — Willie J. McCoy II, age 20, from Oakland. Oakland police raided his house with a search warrant on April 8, the same day as the kidnapping, and booked McCoy on multiple firearm violations — but he was subsequently bailed out.
Not to be deterred, investigators then obtained a Ramey warrant for his arrest on charges of kidnapping, threats and human trafficking offenses. Photos of McCoy were circled, and on April 11, San Francisco officers spotted him at around 3:23 a.m., driving a silver Mercedes sedan. They stopped him at Cesar Chavez and Hampshire streets, and made an arrest. He’s now in jail, held on a whopping $1.175M bail.
Although an arrest has been made, SFPD is still looking for more information. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.