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Daniel Guerrero


A Lompoc man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a woman in San Luis Obispo was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly led sheriff’s deputies on a short vehicle pursuit and crashed his car in Oceano, police said.

Daniel Guerrero, 33, was taken into custody by San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies and was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail by San Luis Obispo police investigators on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with intent to commit rape and false imprisonment.

Police said additional charges may be requested by the Sheriff’s Office for other alleged offenses involving the pursuit and arrest.

Investigators said the woman had gone to a couple of bars with friends Sunday night in downtown San Luis Obispo and about 1:30 a.m. was allegedly approached by Guerrero near the 700 block of Higuera Street.

Guerrero named two of the woman’s friends and said they had asked him to take her to a friend’s house, said Capt. Jeff Smith of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The woman believed Guerrero and left with him, but soon she realized he was not going in the direction of the friend’s house and asked to be taken back to downtown San Luis Obispo, Smith said.

Guerrero refused and told the woman she was going to have sex with him. The woman said she would not and asked to be let out of the car.

That’s when Guerrero allegedly began punching the woman in the face and chest.

After several attempts, the woman was able to unlock her door and jump from the moving vehicle in the Oceano area, where two people saw her jump and went to assist her.

The witnesses called 911, and the woman was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries she suffered in the assault and jumping from the vehicle.

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When sheriff’s deputies interviewing the witnesses discovered the alleged crime took place in San Luis Obispo, they summoned a SLO police officer to assist in the investigation at about 2:30 a.m.

As he arrived, the witnesses spotted the suspect’s vehicle driving by and pointed it out to the deputies, who jumped into their patrol car and activated their emergency lights to make a traffic stop, but the suspect drove away at a high rate of speed.

Guerrero led the deputies on a short pursuit before crashing his car and attempting to flee on foot, but he was caught and placed under arrest.

He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the crash, then was booked into County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

The investigation was turned over to the SLO Police Department, and detectives are asking anyone with information about the case to call the department at 781-7317.