Arrest made in attempted kidnapping in King William District

Woman nearly kidnapped Thursday near 100 block of East Guenther

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - Updated Friday at 2:53 p.m.:

An arrest has been made in the case, San Antonio police said.

Ulyses Artiga, 22, was arrested Friday morning on the city's West Side, said Sgt. Michelle Ramos, a police spokeswoman.

Artiga faces a charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping.

Ramos praised the woman for taking appropriate action when she got away from Artiga.

"She did an outstanding job by screaming, making noise to get away from him," Ramos said. "She was able to get the attention of other individuals. She did an outstanding job by getting pictures of the suspect's vehicle as he was taking off."

Original story:

A woman was nearly kidnapped at gunpoint Thursday morning in Southtown, police said.

The woman told police that she was walking along the River Walk near the 100 block of East Guenther around 9:45 a.m., when a man approached her, police said.

The man showed a handgun and grabbed the woman, but she was able to escape and call for help, police said.

The man was described as a Hispanic with a stocky build, around 5 feet, 7 inches tall and in his late 20s or 30s, police said.

Police released a picture of the pickup truck the man is believed to have been driving.

Anyone who can identify the owner and/or driver of the pickup is asked to call the San Antonio Police Department Special Victims Unit at 210-207-2313 and reference case number SAPD19032492.

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