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Epifanio Perez


A Lompoc man was arrested early Friday on kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting his girlfriend from a home the couple had once shared.

Epifanio Perez, 24, was booked by Lompoc Police on charges of kidnapping, burglary, criminal threats and domestic violence.

The incident began around 3:55 a.m. Friday when the Lompoc Police Department reports that it received a 911 call in which the caller stated that an ex-roommate had destroyed the rear window of a residence, entered and took another female roommate.

The caller identified the victim and Perez as having recently ended a relationship and also said that Perez had been kicked out of the residence in question the previous day, according to Lompoc Police.

Responding officers reportedly located the victim's cellphone, powered on, inside the residence on a couch. As officers were investigating, the victim called her own phone, according to police, and she told officers that she was all right.

The officers reported that they could hear a male voice in the background and demanded that the victim return to her residence so they could be sure of her safety.

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“A short time later the victim arrived on foot, frantic,” read a portion of a release prepared by Lompoc Police Sgt. Kevin Martin. “The victim told officers she had been dropped off by the suspect a few blocks away.”

Officers searched the area and ultimately located Perez’s vehicle in the 500 block of the alley between North N and M streets, according to police. While officers were with the vehicle, Perez reportedly returned to the victim's residence, where he was immediately taken into custody by officers who had been interviewing the victim.

Perez’s bail was set at $100,000.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.