Hours allegedly spent driving around El Dorado County and using drugs ended with the arrest of three men accused of kidnapping and carjacking.
El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched about 7:20 a.m. Saturday regarding a reported kidnapping and carjacking. They met with the victim, who told deputies that his 2007 gold Hyundai was taken from him while visiting friends. He said the series of events began Friday at a residence in the 1600 block of Beals Road, northwest of Placerville.
From there, the victim and his friends drove around the county for several hours, making various stops and using heroin, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. While others drove his car, the victim was in and our of consciousness in a passenger seat. When they returned to the Beals Road residence, everyone got out of the car except the victim, and Paul Miller and Robert Greene. Another man reportedly got in the car.
The victim told deputies that Greene started driving the car recklessly through Placerville at a high speed and wouldn’t let the victim out of the vehicle. When the victim asked Greene to stop, Greene allegedly told the victim that the vehicle was now his. Greene and Miller allegedly assaulted the victim and threatened to kill him.
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When they stopped at a house on Cedar Ravine to buy more heroin, the victim was able to escape, sheriff’s officials said. He ran into the bushes and hid all night. The victim told deputies he thought he had been followed, but his assailants didn’t find him and he didn’t know the location of his car.
While the victim was talking to a deputy, another deputy spotted the victim’s car as it pulled into a driveway in the 1700 block of Beals Road. During a subsequent vehicle stop, three people, including Greene, were detained. Sheriff’s officials said it appeared that several items had been removed from inside the car.
At the house in the1600 block of Beals Road, deputies contacted Paul Miller and he, too, was detained regarding the carjacking investigation.
After gathering statements and evidence, deputies arrested Robert Greene, 30, who was described as a transient, on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping during the commission of carjacking, and violation of probation. He also is accused of bringing a weapon, a concealed ice pick, into the jail during booking. Sheriff’s officials said Greene is being held without bail.
Paul Miller, 23, also a transient, was booked on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping during the commission of carjacking and violation of probation. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and is being held without bail.
Also taken into custody was Jamir Nathan, 23, of Placerville, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotic paraphernalia. He was released on a $12,000 bond.