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Group of 5 Detained After Attempted Kidnapping

Suspects were seen outside Novato motel trying to drag a man into a van.

Five people were arrested early Thursday in Novato after witnesses reported seeing a man dragged toward a van in the parking lot of a downtown motel, police said.

The suspects, whose hometowns were unlisted in a report by the Novato Police Department, face charges ranging from kidnapping to robbery and drug possession.

At about 2 a.m., police received an emergency call from America's Best Value Inn, just north of the Old Town in the 7600 block of Redwood Boulevard. Witnesses told investigators that they saw a group assaulting a man and attempting to drag him into a white van parked nearby. The suspects took off in the van but were later stopped a few miles south at the intersection of Alameda del Prado and Clay Court.

The man who was allegedly assaulted identified the suspects at the arrest location, and a search of the van yielded narcotics, burglary tools, stolen property and documents related to identity thefts.

Marin County Sheriff's deputies took part in the arrests, which were handled without incident, Sgt. Nick Frey said. 

The suspects were identified as Indugo Williams, 20; Myia Simmons, 23; Karen Jackson-Greer, 48; James Ahrenholz, 23; and Randy Martin, 24.

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David Randolph February 01, 2013 at 12:05 AM
In the 16 years I have lived here, I see more and more low-lifes infesting this town but it is nice to see when they get rounded up, as in this case. Ever wonder why so many Novato residents believe in the 2nd Amendment? Remember, when seconds count, police are only minutes away.
Roger February 01, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I wonder if our Police Chief will have to admit soon that crime is on the rise?
Avanti Monty February 01, 2013 at 05:04 AM
As a long time resident of Novato this type of big city crime makes me sick to my stomach. Drugs Drugs Drugs Its difficult to place the blame on anyone or anything other than over population . Proportionally the more people the bigger increase in losers and the associated crimes Roaming around at 2 am in a known trouble spot isn't the smartest move either All involved sound like idiots who wants to be a policeman? thank God some have the calling or is it the benefit package :) . ...
Marilyn February 01, 2013 at 06:16 AM
I hope they are watching that hotel closely.
Novato Native February 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I remember the good old days where high school pranks were the problem and front page news. Now sadly it appears those who grew up in Marin and attended school here are now suspects of some very serious crimes. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty but you can learn a lot of the answers to the questions around "where are they from" or the "did they cross a bridge" to get here question with a quick google search. And, I seriously hope for the safety of the person who commented and disclosed his information gets his request and comment deleted asap...his life could literally be in danger. And, yes, Herb, I am with you!

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