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Monrovia kidnapping has Bakersfield connection

Posted at 11:48 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 14:51:18-04

MONROVIA, Calif. — A woman who may have been kidnapped in Monrovia on Monday was originally from Bakersfield. Authorities believe Amanda Custer, 31, was abducted from a home in Monrovia by her boyfriend, 27-year-old Robert Camou.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a statement asking for the public's help in locating a suspect and possible kidnapping victim.

"Monrovia Police Department responded to the 600 block of Vaquero Road, in the city of Monrovia regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon their arrival they located evidence that there was an apparent assault that had occurred. Investigators believe the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will in a 2017 gray Toyota Prius."

The Prius was later spotted in downtown Los Angeles.

According to KTLA, "Los Angeles police were alerted by authorities in Monrovia at about 2:45 a.m. that a kidnapping suspect could be in the area, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Chris Ramirez said. Officers then located a gray Toyota Prius near the intersection of South Hill and Third streets and attempted to make contact with a man inside, Ramirez said. The man, later identified by authorities as 27-year-old Robert Camou, initially refused to return contact and did not come out of the vehicle."

Tear gas was eventually deployed to force Camou out of the vehicle. He was then arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

At this time, the whereabouts of Custer are unknown.

ABC7 reported that a video purporting to show Camou rapping about killing and burying a woman was shot after the suspected kidnapping.

"Michael Moore, the man who shot the video, tells Eyewitness News that Camou was saying things about a woman he buried in the dirt."

Authorities are investigating the video and if it has anything to do with Custers' disappearance.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this case or the whereabouts of the victim to call 323-890-5500.