A Coarsegold resident was allegedly carjacked and kidnapped last week by two men on the hunt for drugs, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 6:30 p.m. Friday, the unnamed male victim voluntarily drove to the house of Christopher and William McCombs, men he knew, to give them a ride to a convenience store.
After arriving at the residence on Blackfoot Road in Coarsegold, the victim told authorities the men forced him into the back of his vehicle and began driving towards Fresno. Along the way, he tried to convince the two men to stop and let him out, but they refused.
Pretending to be on the phone with his girlfriend, the victim was able to call 911 on his cell phone and give clues to a dispatcher on his location.
California Highway Patrol officers located the vehicle on Highway 99, south of Fresno, and stopped it near Selma after a short pursuit. The McCombs fled on foot, but were found and arrested.
The men allegedly told the victim, who was uninjured, they were going to Selma to buy narcotics. No other motive was established, investigators said.
The McCombs were booked at Madera County Jail on charges of carjacking, kidnapping, interfering or resisting an officer, and conspiracy. Christopher McCombs, 30, also was charged with DUI, while William McCombs, 47, was booked on disorderly conduct while drunk.