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Grover Beach man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

Police in Grover Beach arrested Trinidad Jaime Guzman on Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment.
Police in Grover Beach arrested Trinidad Jaime Guzman on Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment.

A registered sex offender who recently moved to the Central Coast from Texas was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and child endangerment after he drove erratically in Oceano and Grover Beach while not allowing his girlfriend and her two young children to leave the vehicle, authorities said.

Trinidad Jaime Guzman, 24, remained in custody on $100,000 bond as of Wednesday evening, about a week after moving to Grover Beach and hours after he had registered as sex offender with the Grover Beach Police Department, according to news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Guzman’s girlfriend, who is pregnant, told authorities that the couple and her two children were on their way to the beach when Guzman became enraged because they forgot items back at their home, according to the release.

She said Guzman then started driving dangerously, running stop signs and speeding. Despite the screams of her and her two children — an 8-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son — Guzman would not stop the vehicle to allow them to get out, according to the news release.

The woman said Guzman pulled over to let them out of the vehicle, a Mazda hatchback, only after she called 911. Sheriff’s deputies and Grover Beach police officers then arrested Guzman without incident shortly before 3 p.m. near 13th Street and Seabright Avenue, according to the release.

The woman told police that she, Guzman and the two children moved from Texas to Grover Beach a week ago.

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