Abduction suspect arrested in Md.
Update, 8 p.m.:
Prince George's County police arrested a man who hid in the back seat of a car when the driver went to get gas and then forced her to drive a short distance away, authorities said.
The woman eventually escaped, and the suspect was apprehended after a brief car chase with police, authorities said.
Police said the woman had pulled her car into a gas station in the 2300 block of University Boulevard about 7:45 p.m. Sunday. When she went into the station, police said Miguel Angel Morales-Iraheta, 32, climbed into the back seat of the woman's unlocked car.
Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George's County Police Department's District 1 station, said Morales-Iraheta hid among some groceries and was apparently undetected as the woman pulled away.
Montgomery County police said late Monday they have an outstanding warrant for first-degree rape against Morales-Iraheta. They declined to give further details.
On Belcrest Road, Morales-Iraheta wrapped his arms around the woman's neck and told her to drive, Liberati said. She offered to give him money if he would let her go, but he declined, Liberati said.
The woman, who was in her 20s and did not know Morales-Iraheta, eventually escaped when the car stopped at a red light at Rossborough Drive and Baltimore Avenue, Liberati said. She went to a nearby fraternity house and called the police, he said.
Just after 7:50 p.m., a University of Maryland police officer tried to stop a car for running a red light, authorities said. A short chase ensued and the car eventually crashed near Ruatan Street and Rhode Island Avenue, authorities said. Morales-Iraheta was trapped inside the car by the airbags, and he was soon arrested, authorities said.
Online court records show Morales-Iraheta had previously faced rape charges, though he was convicted of lesser offenses. Why he abducted the woman remains unclear, authorities said.
| February 14, 2011; 8:05 PM ET
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