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A 29-year-old man suspected of trying to kidnap a random woman in Pasadena last month is now in custody, according to Pasadena police.

The victim was pulled by the hair as the kidnapper tried to force her into a car, but a passerby intervened and the suspect drove off.

Jose Diaz Servellon of Pasadena was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Saturday after police received a tip from a concerned citizen, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.

Based on the tip, police set up surveillance near the 300 block of Tamarac Drive in Pasadena where they identified and arrested Servellon, Carrillo said. They also impounded his vehicle.

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He is being held on $1 million bail.

The kidnapping occurred at 8:05 p.m. on July 29 as a woman was walking home on the 100 block of West Maple Street, police said.

She noticed a man standing on the sidewalk near the open passenger door of a vehicle and as she passed, he pulled her by the hair and caused her to fall to the ground, Carrillo said.

The woman tried to resist and during the struggle, a witness stopped to help. The man released the woman, got into the vehicle and drove westbound on Maple Street and onto the 134 Freeway, he said.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police Detective Anthony Russo at (626) 744-6412 weekdays or (626) 744-4241.

–City News Service

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