A Sunnyvale woman was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend outside of a Mountain View restaurant Friday, April 22, according to police. The man allegedly threatened to kill the woman and took her back to his house before he ultimately agreed to let her go.
Mountain View police arrested 28-year-old Servando Reyes at his home after the victim reported the kidnapping the next day, April 23, said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
The incident began at about 10 p.m. Friday night, outside of the Chaat Paradise restaurant in Mountain View. The victim, who was leaving the restaurant where she worked, had called her brother-in-law and asked him to pick her up, because, according to Wylie, Reyes was "not happy" with the breakup and the woman was fearful that her ex-boyfriend might confront her at her job.
Her fears were confirmed as she was getting into her brother-in-law's car: Reyes came up to the vehicle, and her brother-in-law attempted to speed off, Wylie said. However, he hit a pole, which gave Reyes an opportunity to open the car door, throw his ex-girlfriend over his shoulder and drag her to his car, even as her brother-in-law attempted to physically stop Reyes -- at one point punching him in the face.
Reyes drove around "aimlessly" for about 45 minutes, Wylie said -- "sometimes at a high rate of speed" and threatened to crash the car and kill himself along with his former girlfriend. Finally, Reyes drove back to his house with the victim.
Meanwhile, the brother-in-law called his wife, the victim's sister, who then drove to Reyes' house, Wylie said. There, after a heated discussion with the sister as well as members of his own family -- all of whom implored Reyes to let his ex-girlfriend go -- he relented and the victim left with her sister.
Yet the incident was not reported until 10:22 p.m. on Saturday. "Domestic violence is something that is often times under-reported for various reasons," Wylie said. In this instance, according to the police spokeswoman, no one involved -- not the victim, her brother-in-law, sister, nor Reyes' family members who were involved, reported the incident.
Fear of retribution often plays a heavy role in the under-reporting of such incidents, Wylie said.
The victim decided to report the incident after Reyes went to her work the next day and waited for her to arrive. When she did, Reyes asked to talk to her, but she refused and a coworker convinced the ex-boyfriend to leave. The victim, also 28 years old and from Sunnyvale, reported the kidnapping after work.
"It is important that these things get reported because this could have ended very poorly for the victim," Wylie said. "We can help people and we can help put people in contact with resources that can help get them out of these types of situations."
Police found Reyes at his home with a black eye. He was arrested without incident and charged with kidnapping and misdemeanor domestic violence.
A previous version of this story stated that the victim was at the restaurant with Reyes at the time her brother-in-law picked her up. This is not accurate. Reyes had been waiting for her to leave the restaurant where she worked.