Naked Man Arrested After Allegedly Holding Woman at Knifepoint in Whittier Area During ‘Drug-Fueled Rage’

A naked man who allegedly held a woman hostage with a knife in the Whittier area Wednesday morning has been arrested, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7 a.m. in the 14000 block of Dicky Street in the West Whittier-Los Nietos area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet.

The man, who was described as being in a “drug-fueled rage,” allegedly ran away when he heard the Sheriff’s Department helicopter overhead and hid behind a truck, officials said.

He then tried to run away again as deputies approached, but he ran into the street and hit the side of a passing truck. He was eventually taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect, identified as Robert Angel Valdez, 34, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assault.

The woman and the deputies were not injured during the incident.

Authorities did not release any further details.

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.