Alabama police save kidnap victim

SEE IT: Bodycam captures kidnapping rescue after suspect forces screaming woman into van, beats her with tire iron [Police]

Brookside police released dramatic bodycam footage of the capture and arrest of a California man accused of abducting an Alabama woman.

The Brookside Police Department reports that Sean E. Sanders has been officially charged with numerous felonies following his arrest on Sunday. His charges include:

  • Kidnapping 1st degree
  • Attempted murder of a police officer
  • Attempted murder of the victim
  • Resisting arrest
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Criminal trespassing 1st degree
  • Attempting to elude
  • Three counts of criminal mischief

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities arrested Sanders on Sunday afternoon after a witness allegedly saw him force a woman into a white van before fleeing. The alleged incident happened in Brookside, Alabama, off of Brookside Coalburg Road. A witness said the victim was screaming that the man was going to kill her.

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Authorities spotted the suspect’s van ram into the witness’ car near Sharon Heights Baptist Church after the witness followed him. Officers gave chase and caught up with Sanders on Mt. Olive Road. After blocking the suspect’s vehicle off, officers attempted to gain entry to the van after spotting a female in the floorboard, bleeding from her face and head.


Sanders allegedly rammed into a police vehicle and sped off again while officers were attempting to get him out of his van. The officers quickly caught up to Sanders after utilizing a rolling roadblock. Sanders then climbed into the back of the van, pulling the victim with him while holding her at knifepoint, according to police.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect for around 35 minutes while the victim screamed for help. Sanders allegedly demanded that the officers kill him. Instead, they snuck around to the rear of the van, where they had a better view, and Tased him. Officers then secured the suspect after entering the vehicle from the front.

The victim, only identified as a white female, was rescued and taken to a hospital for medical care. Although she’s now in stable condition, she sustained numerous injuries after Sanders reportedly beat her with a tire iron.

Sean Sanders has been charged with Kidnapping 1st degree, Attempted Murder in a Police Officer, Attempted Murder of the…

Posted by Brookside Police Department on Tuesday, December 31, 2019


There is no indication that the pair knew each other.

Inside the van, investigators found a cage, chains, metals wires over the windows, and blankets to prevent anyone from peering inside. Authorities said Sanders was dragging the woman into the woods off of Brookside Coalburg Road when a witness confronted him. He was allegedly planning on killing the victim once he got her into the woods but forced her back into his van after being spotted.

Sanders, of Los Angeles, California, has a lengthy criminal history including previous charges of assault, narcotics, and kidnapping. Formal charges for the current case are pending.

Sanders remains behind bars on a $125,000 bond.

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[Feature Photo: Brookside PD]