Crime - Sacto 911

Wanted woman found clinging naked to truck’s undercarriage after 90-minute hunt

By the time Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies caught up to their suspect Tuesday after a 90-minute search involving a helicopter and K-9 unit, she was clinging naked to the underside of a truck as it drove out of a parking lot near Arden Fair mall.

The search for the woman began around 10:30 a.m. near Heritage Lane and Response Road, when deputies made a traffic stop on a car reportedly wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon on a Bay Area peace officer, said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. Hampton did not know the officer’s agency.

One of the two women in the car fled wearing only pants, Hampton said. Authorities, including Sacramento County air and K-9 units, searched for the her until about noon, when they spotted her hair dangling under the truck. They stopped the driver as he exited the parking lot unaware of his stowaway.

Several businesses near Arden Fair Mall and Cal Expo closed as a precaution, including the iHeartMedia building at 1545 River Park Drive.

Both women were detained on suspicion of resisting arrest and transferred to the allegedly attacked Bay Area officer’s agency, where Hampton said they were being interviewed.

The woman who fled was admitted to an area hospital with minor injuries before being turned over to the Bay Area agency, Hampton said. He did not know the women’s names.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel