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Illegal immigrant kidnapped at gunpoint

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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:36 am | Updated: 6:23 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man driving illegal immigrants to California was kidnapped in front of five witnesses Wednesday, but they gave police so little information that they can’t look for him.

The kidnapping occurred after a high speed chase and shooting on westbound I-10 involving two pickup trucks and a small red passenger car, according to Sgt. Rick Griner, Chandler police spokesman.

Police know only that the kidnapped man is named Jose Guzman and in his early twenties and he has a cell phone.

The witnesses didn’t know the telephone number and weren’t able to even to give a description of Guzman’s clothes, Griner said.

“We don’t even have enough information to enter him as a missing person,” Griner said. “There’s nothing more we can do unless someone comes forward.”

Griner gave the following account of the incident.

The car loaded with six illegal immigrants were westbound on I-10 and stopped for gas somewhere south of Chandler when the two pickup trucks approached.

A chase ensued through surface streets and ended up back on I-10.

The Department of Public Safety began getting calls about the dangerous driving.

The trucks forced the car off the road at state Route 202 and I-10, where three men with handguns got out of the trucks and began shooting.

No one was injured and at least one shot struck the car.

They kidnapped the driver, Guzman, and one man tried to commandeer the car, but he might have had trouble starting it or was scared off by highway patrolmen who were nearby.

Griner said the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement took the five illegal immigrants into custody.

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