A 53-year-old transient was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempting to kidnap and threatening to kill a female jogger in Dana Point.
Curtiss Gene Jancola, whose last known address was in Carson, allegedly leapt out of some bushes and began chasing the 59-year-old woman near Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway about 6 a.m., said Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Breckner.
Jancola chased after the woman for about 100 yards, allegedly threatening to kill her with a knife, though he had no weapon on him and no weapon was recovered, Breckner said.
The woman called her husband, who contacted deputies, who managed to find her and the suspect hiding in some bushes nearby, Breckner said. Police advise crime victims to call 911 as it makes it easier for law enforcement to find the caller, he said.
Jancola was booked on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and making criminal threats, Breckner said. He said the sheriff’s homeless outreach team had twice offered to find shelter for the suspect earlier this month, but he refused.