Jeweler faces multiple charges in abduction

A Menlo Park, Calif., merchant is in jail charged with several felonies after allegedly trying to have a coworker killed for rebuffing his advances, a local television news station reports.

Ricardo Zambrano, 36, is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, and kidnapping in the commission of a carjacking in connection with the woman’s June 10 abduction, San Francisco-based CBS5 reports.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, Zambrano, a Fresno resident, owned a small jewelry store in Menlo Park. The victim was an employee of the store, who reportedly rebuffed Zambrano’s romantic advances, the television news station reports.

The victim was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint as she left work and driven to Fresno, where Zambrano allegedly plotted to have her raped and murdered. The victim escaped with the “help of another person” at the Fresno residence, the D.A.’s office repiortedly said.

The alleged kidnapper, an acquaintance of Zambrano’s, was reportedly arrested shortly after the crime. Zambrano was arrested in Fresno on July 22.

Zambrano’s accomplice remains in custody at the Fresno county jail, the television news station reports. Zambrano is scheduled to enter a plea on Monday. He remains in San Mateo County Jail without bail.

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