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News Release

Friday, January 14, 2005

Media Relations

Man Kidnaps Ex-Girlfriend at Gunpoint

 

Los Angeles : On Friday, January 14, 2005, 29 year-old, Tesha Collins was at work at the Hooper Early Education Center located in the 1200 block of East 52nd Street, Los Angeles.

At around 7:45 a.m., her former boyfriend, 23 year-old Joshua Vick approached her and tried to take her away from the location. When she refused to leave with him, he pulled out a handgun and forced her to leave. It is believed that Joshua Vick and Tesha Collins left the location in a green 4-door Pontiac Grand-Am or Pontiac Grand-Prix with tinted windows.

Detectives investigating the kidnapping were later lead to a home in the 700 block of West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. The home was the scene of a double homicide that occurred just after midnight on Friday, January 14, 2005. Mr. Gable Vick, age 54, and Mrs. Mary Vick, age 52, died as the result of gunshot wounds. The homicide victims are the parents of kidnap suspect Joshua Vick.

Photographs of kidnapping suspect Joshua Vick and kidnap victim Tesha Collins are available through the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

Joshua Vick is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division at 213-485-2511. On weekends and during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free ANONYMOUS tip-line at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (877-529-3855).

This news advisory was prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.



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