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'Help': Police say attendant's quick thinking helped save captive woman

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(Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) (Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

(Meredith) –  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is commending a Florida gas station employee for quick thinking they say helped save a woman who was being held captive inside a vehicle.

According to police, the victim was walking from one local beach pub to another around 1:13 a.m. on January 11 when Jose Ramos Sandoval approached her, asking her if she needed a ride.

The woman accepted the offer, telling investigators that she thought Sandoval was an acquaintance to a friend they both knew. It wasn’t until Sandoval started driving in the opposite direction that she realized she didn’t know him.

Sandoval pulled into a Kangaroo Express gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. The woman told police she tried to get out but Sandoval grabbed her by the hair to keep her inside his vehicle.

[Mobile Users Click Here To View The Department's Post On Facebook]

She then began mouthing “help” from inside Sandoval’s vehicle, hoping someone would see her. Fortunately, an employee at the gas station did and immediately called 911, giving police a full description of Sandoval’s vehicle.

As police were searching for him, one officer saw Sandoval driving on Atlantic Boulevard and attempted to pull him over.

Police said Sandoval fled from the officer and leading them on a pursuit, which ended at Leon Road and Byrnes Road when Sandoval was taken into custody.

Police said Sandoval admitted to the incident and was charged with false imprisonment, fleeing police, and violation of probation.

In the police department’s post on Facebook, they thanked the gas station employee, saying:

“A big thank you to the alert employee at this gas station. Getting involved makes a difference, we can’t thank you enough.”

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