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Kidnap Victim Shares Her Brave Escape Story

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A 19-year-old  attempt at being friendly ended with a frightening escape from an abductor on a Bay Area freeway in Palo Alto.

Daniela Alvarez said she was washing her car in her driveway on Sunday when war vet Kenneth Middlebrook, 23, walked up and asked for a lighter.

She told him she didn’t have one but he continued the conversation.

“He told me he had just been pulled over and had a suspended license,” Alvarez said. “He said he needed help.”

Alvarez said Middlebrook showed her his license, his military identification, and other documents.

Alavarez said he seemed normal so she gave him a ride to his father’s house , but once they were on the road everything changed.

Alvarez noticed the car was nearly out of gas so they stopped to fill up the tank. While at the service station, she saw a friend from high school.

“She said to be careful and I told it was okay, he was normal,” recalls Alvarez.

The 19-year-old felt safe until they reached his father’s house.

No one was home so Middlebrook asked Alvarez if he could use her phone to call him. He supposedly called his father and got into an argument.

Then Middlebrook’s mood  changed.

He snatched Alvarez’s phone out of her hand and grabbed her. He began to choked her and then forced her into his car.

“He told me to get into the trunk and I was like ‘No! No!’” she said. “I knew if he was driving, I’d have no control. I would be just done…He literally just snapped.”

Alvarez convinced Middlebrook it won’t be wise if he drove with a suspended license.

“He was like – ‘Drive the car!’ and I was like ‘Ok!’ ," she said.

She made a risky move and intentionally hit someone’s car.  Middlebrook yelled at her to keep driving but she ran to the car screaming for help.

Middlebrook then sped away.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening, it happened so fast,” she said. “I was in shock. I honestly thought the guy was normal. He was from the Army. I never expected he would try to hurt me. He seemed so normal.” 

Middlebrook would later abandoned the car and allegedly abduct a second woman, forcing her to drive around the Bay Area for several hours before ordering her to drive to Amador County.

The second woman was able to escape from him there and eventually police arrested Middlebrook.

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