Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday apprehended a San Jacinto man suspected in an abduction attempt that occurred a day after he was released on bail following his arrest on suspicion of trying to lure a teenager into his car.
Shortly after 11 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced via a Twitter post that Billie Fenter, 40, was in custody, but no other details were immediately released.
Fenter is suspected in kidnapping attempts on Sunday and Tuesday.
In the first crime, the sheriff’s department was notified around 12:30 p.m. Sunday that a man trying to lure a 15-year-old into his car near the intersection of Esplanade and San Jacinto avenues in the city of San Jacinto, according to Sgt. Tommy Mix.
Witnesses told deputies that the suspect was seen driving a black, four-door Nissan sedan with Arizona license plates. Based on that information, deputies were able to find and arrest Fenter, who was booked on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child, Mix said.
Two days later, deputies went to the same intersection in response to another attempted kidnapping report about 5:30 p.m., Mix said. He said witnesses’ description of the crime, the suspect and the vehicle involved all were similar to the circumstances of Fenter’s arrest on Sunday, and deputies checked jail records and discovered Fenter had been released from jail on Monday and began a widespread search to find him.
The victim in the Tuesday abduction attempt positively identified Fenter, Mix said.