A first date ended with kidnapping charges, after a Redwood City man refused to let a woman out of his car early Tuesday morning, Mountain View police said.
A 31-year-old Sunnyvale woman told police that she was persuaded to enter her date's van, parked on the 200 block of Castro Street, so he could give her flowers. She was in the passenger seat when the man began driving, according to Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman Liz Wylie. He refused to let her out of the vehicle, Wylie said.
When the van slowed down, near the intersection of White Oak Lane and Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara, the woman opened the passenger door and fled to a nearby 7-Eleven, where she dialed 911 at about 1:40 a.m.
Santa Clara police responded, located the van and detained Charles Robinson, 24, until Mountain View Police arrived. Robinson was arrested and charged with kidnapping.