WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Friday, July 23, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department arrested Fernando Diaz, 50, after he was allegedly seen carrying an unconscious victim to a van and driving off. 

Diaz took the victim, who recently left a bar in a white 1997 Dodge Ram van around 2 a.m. The incident occurred on Melrose Avenue near Robertson Boulevard. 

A witness stopped an officer’s patrol car to report what he saw. Officer Kevin Herrera began following the van and once Diaz parked and walked away, he found the victim in the back of the van who appeared to be unconscious.  

Diaz was arrested and booked at around 3:15 a.m. and charged with felony kidnapping. He was released on Saturday, July 25 on a $100,000 bail. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Cynthia Mejia at (310) 358-4028 or for anonymous tips you can call (800)-222-TIPS (8477).