Man arrested after alleged kidnap try

Francisco Z. Diaz is accused of trying to detain his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday.


WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to force his former girlfriend to remain in his truck during a dispute.

A Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report prepared for court states Francisco Z. Diaz, 18, of 904 Irene St., contacted the 17-year-old victim at Walla Walla Community College and said he would kill himself if she did not get into his truck.

Diaz then drove to the Rooks Park entrance on Mill Creek Road, where he allegedly told the young woman she "needed to be his girlfriend," and pulled a gun from under his seat.

The 17-year-old female got out of the truck, and Diaz allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to force her into the truck again. The victim got away and began walking back toward the college, while Diaz followed.

According to the report, the driver of a bus with five passengers on board saw the young woman and was concerned she was in danger, so he stopped and gave her a ride back to the college, where she called law enforcement.

According to the report, sheriff's deputies arrested Diaz, who had attempted to contact the victim several times after she called police, on Tausick Way near the college entrance. His truck was found parked near the WWCC auto body shop.

According to Undersheriff Edward Freyer, 10 members of Search and Rescue searched the college campus for the handgun Diaz allegedly brandished.

"We did not locate a weapon," Freyer said, adding it was described as a black handgun. "That would really help our case if we could find the gun."

Freyer said the victim did not appear to be injured, and there was no apparent danger to other students or faculty at the college.

Diaz could face charges of attempted kidnapping, unlawful display of a weapon and fourth-degree assault. He is scheduled for a first appearance this afternoon.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


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