LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Deputies with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man from Fort Collins who is accused of kidnapping and robbing a woman. Jesus Velasquez was stopped by deputies when he tried to get away on Thursday night.

Jesus Velasquez (credit: Larimer County)

Investigators said it started a little after 8:30 p.m. when deputies received a report of a woman in a car in the 400 block of North Timberline Road in Fort Collins. The 44-year-old woman had escaped after being held against her will.

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The caller who reported the kidnapping provided a description of the vehicle. A short time later, Velasquez, 23, was pulled over while traveling southbound on Timberline Road and taken into custody.

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The victim told investigators that she knew Velasquez and that he had assaulted her outside a residence, stole property from her and drove away with her inside his vehicle. He kept her from getting out until she was able to escape at a stop sign. She was not seriously injured.

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Velasquez faces several charges including kidnapping, assault, robbery, domestic violence and a warrant for failure to appear.

Jennifer McRae