The Boise 19-year-old who witnesses said was abducted from Nampa Tuesday night was found safe Wednesday, and police are now trying to determine whether a crime occurred.
"What the witnesses described and what the victim is telling us are two different things," Nampa Police Sgt. Joe Ramirez said Wednesday afternoon, about four hours after police reported Cassandra Rupert was a possible kidnapping victim.
That public plea for information led police to find Rupert in Boise. Now they're still looking for her former boyfriend, 31-year-old Quentin Craig Padilla of Meridian, to talk to him about the situation, Ramirez said, but he is not being sought for a criminal offense. Police previously described Padilla as a "person of interest."
Nampa dispatchers received several calls at about 8 p.m. Tuesday about a woman being battered and forced into a vehicle in front of a home in the area between Roosevelt Avenue and Blakes Creek Avenue, near Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary School.
The vehicle, a black Lincoln Navigator with temporary tags, was gone by the time police arrived. But a short while later, an officer came across it in the area of Caldwell and Midland boulevards. The officer tried to pull over the SUV but stopped after a brief chase to avoid posing a danger to the public.
Police described the suspect in the kidnapping as a Hispanic male with a shaved head. Another Hispanic male was reportedly seen in the SUV; police say that man’s involvement in the kidnapping is unknown at this time.
Anyone with information on how to contact Padilla is asked to call Nampa police at 465-2257.