Man Arrested in Series of Attempted Kidnappings

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A man suspected in a crime spree that included attempted kidnappings has been charged with four felony counts.

Police say 37-year-old Jason Kies of La Crescenta attempted to kidnap two women in the North Hollywood area on March 22.

In the first attempt, police say Kies grabbed a woman at around 8 a.m. and attempted to force her into his vehicle.

At noon on the same day, Kies is accused of trying to steal lingerie from a Marshalls Department Store in Studio City where he fought with a security guard and fled.

Detectives identified Kies as the suspect and began to follow him.

Around 1 p.m., detectives say they observed Kies following a lone female jogger in La Crescenta and quickly took Kies into custody without incident.

Throughout the series of brutal attacks, the suspect was driving a gray GMC SUV.

Kies is being held on $4 million bail at the Van Nuys jail.

In addition to the felony charges related to assault and kidnapping, Kies faces misdemeanor counts of petty theft and battery related to the department store incident.

Kies is known to frequent the Burbank area and resides in La Crescenta.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact North Hollywood Sexual Assault Detectives at (818) 623-4090 or (818) 623-4045.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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