CLEARFIELD (News4Utah)- Police say they were able to track down a kidnapping suspect thanks to OnStar, an in-vehicle safety and security system backed by humans.
Officers say they received a call from the victim around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He told police he was at a car wash in Brigham City when the suspect, armed with a knife, approached him and demanded he drive him south on I-15.
Once in the car, the victim told police, the man demanded he stop at a bank ATM and withdraw money.
The victim said he exited the freeway at 650 North and stopped at the America First Credit Union located at 300 North Main Street.
“The victim attempted to withdraw money but was struggling to enter his PIN,” a press release from Clearfield City Police stated. “The suspect became more aggressive, and attempted to stab the victim.”
Investigators say the victim was able to fight back, get out of the vehicle and run away from the suspect.
They say the suspect took off in the victim’s vehicle.
Clearfield officials worked with OnStar and located the vehicle traveling east on I-80 near Rock Springs, Wyo.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Springs Wyoming Police Department eventually found the suspect. With the help from OnStar, the vehicle’s engine was disabled and the suspect has been taken into custody.
The suspect has been identified as Richard Mendoza, 46 of Sparks, Nev.