Oildale man charged with kidnapping woman at local market

Noel Napier arrested for multiple felonies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An Oildale man has been taken into custody by Kern County Sheriff's deputies after he allegedly kidnapped a woman at a local market.

It happened Tuesday night at approximately 10:20 p.m.  Deputies were called to the Larsen’s Food Store at 720 Wible Road and determined Noel Napier, 42, had entered the store and kidnapped a woman, then forced the victim into his vehicle and drove away.

A short time later, deputies located the victim, who was uninjured, at a house in Oildale.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Napier and the victim knew each and the kidnapping actually started earlier Tuesday night at approximately 7:00p.m.

Deputies located, arrested, and booked Napier for kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal threats, and battery.

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