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Broken tail light leads cops to kidnap victim stuffed in trunk

by Ellen Killoran

The suspects are also accused of armed robbery

A traffic stop turned police chase ended with the rescue of a kidnapping victim and two suspected armed robbers accused of holding him captive.

According to The Macon Telegraph, when an officer tried to stop a Toyota Celica in Macon, Georgia, for a broken tail light, the driver refused to pull over. After a high speed chase, the car stopped and Raul Sanchez-Gonzalez ran from it — but two deputies chased him on foot and arrested him. The officers both suffered leg injuries, including a broken ankle.

In the car were Sanchez’s alleged accomplice, India Denise Summers, and Corey Berkner, who reportedly told officers that Sanchez and Summers had forced him into the car at gunpoint and demanded he withdraw cash from multiple bank locations. When police found him, he was reportedly in the trunk.

The alleged kidnapping victim appears to have been previously acquainted with Summers, as he told officers that he had planned to meet her at a Rodeway Inn. Not long after he arrived, Sanchez allegedly pulled a gun on him and forced him into the backseat.

Sanchez reportedly had outstanding arrest warrants related to armed robbery. Both suspects were taken into custody and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s office has urged anyone with information on the case to contact them at 478-751-7500.

Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."