BELLFLOWER MAN HELD IN JOSHUA TREE KIDNAPPING

BELLFLOWER MAN HELD IN JOSHUA TREE KIDNAPPING

A Bellflower man is behind bars today, accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend. Sheriff’s press release said Galo Zurita, 35, went to the Valero station in Joshua Tree about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and hit Kayla Smith, 22, pushing her into his car. Zurita drove off with Smith westbound on Highway 62 for several miles before she managed to escape. Another motorist picked her up and took her to safety. Zurita fled the area. Thursday morning, deputies received a tip that Zurita was in Bellflower. Detectives located Zurita’s car at an apartment complex. Zurita left his apartment about 11:30 a.m., and was taken into custody without incident. Galo Zurita was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for investigation of kidnapping, with bail set at $250,000.

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