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Yuba City woman, son held captive for 10 days

YUBA CITY, CA - Everything clicked once Bonnie Evans saw Jermaine Roberts' mug shot.

"She was barefoot in shorts, holding a little baby," Evans recounted. "And she kept looking over her shoulder."

The Yuba City woman, 33, told police she was kidnapped while sitting in her car in the 500 block of Clay Street on New Year's Eve around 11 p.m. Her son, 3, was sleeping in the back seat of the car when Roberts', her ex-boyfriend, allegedly forced her to drive to his home, which was a few blocks away.

Police said the two were held captive at his home on the 1300 block of Oak Street in Colusa County for 10 days. The woman told police she was severely beaten each time she tried to escape. Her son was never hurt. She finally escaped Thursday once Roberts' fell asleep.

"She was scared," Evans remembered. "She was looking over her shoulder, looking to see if somebody was following her."

The woman made it a couple of blocks down when someone passing by stopped and helped her. As soon as authorities started investigating, Roberts allegedly ran and hid in a nearby relative's home and was caught by police a short time later.

Neighbors said they never heard any strange noises during the last 10 days.

"I know they were seeing each other," a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "But other than that I'm just minding my own business."

Another neighbor, who also did not want to be identified, said it wasn't the first time cops were called to Roberts' home.

"I've called the sheriff's a couple of times when I've heard loud noises and fighting and what not," the neighbor said.

Meanwhile, Evans regrets she didn't do more.

"I'm kind of sorry," Evans said. "Usually, I would have said 'hey, you need some help' but I didn't."

The woman was taken to Colusa Regional Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Roberts faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and felony assault.


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