DALLAS – At 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, police say the driver of a white Toyota Tunda was speeding on 175 East near 2nd Ave by Rochester Park.
Sgt. Bryan Sherman spotted the quick-moving vehicle and pulled it over. Three men were inside. Sherman had the driver get out and perform a field sobriety test after smelling alcohol on his breath. Then a second man exited the car and said "malo mans" –– "bad men."
Sherman would soon learn that the second man had been kidnapped and robbed by the driver and his passenger, police say. According to the Sheriff's Department, before the traffic stop, Gregory Ramos Guzman, 43, and Ruben Segoviano, 38, were traveling on Interstate 30 near Fort Worth Ave. when their car slammed into Manuel Torres' vehicle.
The two suspects got out and demanded compensation. When Torres said he had no money, the three got in a fight. Torres told investigators that the men forced him into their car and ordered him to take them to his home and compensate them for the wreckage.
When Sherman pulled the car over, he foiled their plot, police say.
"The deputies' keen observation skills helped to prevent this kidnapping from escalating to an even greater dangerous situation," said the department in a release.
“I want to recognize the diligent efforts of all our deputies involved,” said Sheriff Lupe Valdez in a prepared statement. “Dallas Sheriff’s Department deputies work hard around the clock, and I am proud to say they continue to help protect our communities.”
Both Guzman and Segoviano are charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.